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


Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


      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.


  1. 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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