In addition to the focus on early Italian music (read our Intro page for more info on this), Italian classical music is perhaps most famous for the large number of operatic works.
The Italian operatic tradition is interesting for a number of reasons, not least of which is the prevalence of non-Italian composers writing Italian arias, such as the majority of Mozart’s operatic works.
Of course, there are many more Italian operas actually written by Italian composers, including Verdi, Puccini, and many others.
In this compilation, you can get a down and dirty look *err, listen* to some of the best and most popular Italian arias of all time.
Hope you enjoy it!