Tenor and Soprano Duets
Date: July 4, 2008
Thank you very much for all your suggestions! You are all so amazing!
Here is a compilation of the responses received so far.
Thank you again,
Cheryl Van Ornam
Redeemer Lutheran Church
==>Bach Cantata 191 (Gloria in excelsis Deo) A free score can be found here:
http://www.bach-cantatas.com/BWV191.htm . The second movement is for tenor
and soprano soloists. About 5 1/2 minutes.
==>If light enough, the Domine Deus from Bach's Mass in B Minor.
==>Try the Bach cantatas. Lots of possibilities there. Here is a link to an
online site that has most of them in PDF form (P & V versions)
Canticle II Abraham and Isaac Benjamin Britten. This was originally
written with a countertenor in mind (to be Isaac), however, it is often
performed with a soprano instead. Its about 14 minutes.
==>Donizetti's Don Pasquale: Norina/Ernesto - "Tornami a dir che m'ami" (Act
III, Scene 6)
==>Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor: Lucia/Edgardo - "Sulla tomba...Veranno a
te" (Act I, Scene 2)
==>That beautiful duet from the 4th Chandos Anthem (Handel) "O worship the
Lord in the beauty of Holiness comes to mind. That piece is, on a recording
I have, 3'16" long.
==>Messiah: O Death Where is Thy Sting
Depending on your ability to find a violinist, Olivier Messiaens La Mort du
Nombre is a fine choice, for Sop, Tenor, Violin, and Piano. It runs about
==>How about the duet from The Magic Flute between Pamina and Papageno, Bei
Männern, welche Liebe fühlen.
==>One I know well is Fiordiligi and Ferrando from "Cosi Fan Tutte".
Most soprano duets can be adapted. My husband and I have performed Pie Jesu
from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem that was written for 2 sopranos. There's
SO much opera literature.
==>Puccini's La Boheme: Mimi/Rodolfo - "O soave fanciulla" (End of Act I)
==>The Love Duet Puccini, from Madame Butterfly.
==>Gran Dio! morir si giovane Verdi from La Traviata. This comes at the
end of the opera when Violetta realizes her time is up. About 3 1/2
minutes, if you do the little recit before the duet starts.
==>Verdi's Rigoletto: Gilda/Duke of Mantua: "E il sol dell'anima...Addio,
addio" (Act II)
==>Another is the famous "Libiamo" from Verdi's LA Traviata
==>If you have access to a music library, you can check out a book on Opera
Scenes for Class and Stage by Wallace and Wallace (2 vol's actually) that
will give you MANY choices.
==>There are duet books of Schumann, Brahms and Rossini, duets of Faure
("Cantique de Jean Racine," "Pleurs d'Or").
==>There is a Schirmer book of duets for Soprano and Tenor
==>There are lots of duets from Broadway shows and Music Theater (e.g.,
"Tonight" from Bernstein's West Side Story, "Stranger in Paradise" from
==>There are also several books of Sacred Duets.
==>If you have access to a music library in a school or a public library,
you may be able to find what you are looking for there.
==>Finally, if you Google "duets soprano tenor" and "sacred duets soprano
tenor," you will find a world of resource there.
==>There's a book of opera duets for that voicing here:
==>And there is this site of duets:
==>and several books here: