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Friday 28 Mar 2008: Single note aria
The aria "Chi disprezza gl'infelici" in Gioachino Rossini's opera "Ciro in Babilonia" is sung on a single note. Some say Rossini got the idea when he lost his voice after eating a lot of ice cream and could only whisper a single note. Others say the composer wrote it for one of the sopranos scheduled to perform the work, whose quality he didn't think much of, except for one note which "didn't sound too bad".

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