Vibrant as a Cabaletta

In classic Italian opera, a CABALETTA is a two-part musical form written mostly for arias. It’s the operatic score that introduces a complication within the storyline where emotions and the plot intensify.

Statue of Garibaldi on Horseback - Rome, Italy | ©Tom Palladio ImagesThe cabaletta gets its name from cavallo (horse), a reference to the VIBRANT, pulsating rhythm of galloping horses which forms this musical accompaniment to many famous cabalettas.

One of the finest examples of a VIBRANT cabaletta is Di Quella Pira found in act 3, scene 2 of Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore (The Troubadour). And, one of the finest interpretations of this signature cabaletta was acted out vocally by il Maestro, Luciano Pavarotti.

Pardon me for horsing around, but here are a few VIBRANT frames set to that VIBRANT score sung by that VIBRANT tenor.

For more photographic interpretations of this VIBRANT theme, click HERE to view other entrants in this week’s A Word a Week Challenge: VIBRANT.

©The Palladian Traveler | ©Tom Palladio Images

TPT's Borsalino over Venetian floor | ©Tom Palladio Images



  1. Splendid! He sure could sing – vibrant, yes (and heaven knows how come, but it played all the way through so i had vibrant images to go with the aria – that’s called miraculous!) 🙂

      1. I adore… can I ask you some tips about Vicenza. Hubby and I will be staying there two days in July on our way to Como.

  2. Me again.. I trust you made this video too :). What a treat!! Can you tell me where the lake with a castle is? The whole video is WOW. BRAVO!!!!!

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