Aria is the Italian word for "air." In musical circles, an aria is a melodic vocal solo. The soloist portrays the feelings or mood of the characters in an opera or oratorio, thereby expressing the emotions of the characters in the story. The aria offers the singer the opportunity to reveal their own expertise as well often resulting in great favor from audiences. The best singers of arias are often rewarded with not only applause but even fame and fortune for their talent and skills in these large musical pieces.
Aria: 'The Flower Song' from Carmen
Composed by Alexandre-César-Léopold Bizet