Attention Campers – Arias That Make the Bears Go Away

Shawnet Sweets, our resident opera junkie is at it again.

So Young Park as Olympia in The Tales of Hoffmann (2017); Photo: Ken Howard

In addition to work and all her other adventures, Shawnet is a camper. During a recent critter-interrupted camping trip, Shawnet discovered that some of her favorite arias startled and shooed her uninvited visitors away. Those visitors were bears.

Just in time for the final weekend of summer, she’s shared her “Bear-Scare Aria Playlist” with us.

Forget the traditional banging of pots and pans. If you’re headed to the wilderness to cap off the summer this Labor Day Weekend, be sure to take these tunes along. You’ll enjoy them and it might keep those pesky bears away.

Shawnet’s Picks – to be blasted as necessary

The Queen of the Night Aria” – The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Un Bel Di Vedremo” – Madame Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini

Come Scoglio “ – Cosi Fan Tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Oh Quante Volte” – I Capuleti I Montecchi by Vincenzo Bellini (this one is a little soft but it gets their attention)

Con Onor Muore!” – Madame Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini

Je Veux Vivre” – Romeo and Juliet by Charles Gounod

Suis je gentile” – Manon by Jules Massenet

Doll’s song” – The Tales of Hoffman by Jacques Offenbach

Una voce poco fa” – The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini (Hopefully sung by Cecilia Bartoli)

Vissi d’arte” – Tosca by Giacomo Puccini

O mio babbino caro” – Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini

Allor Che I forti corrono” – Attila by Giuseppe Verdi

Quando mi en vo” – La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini

Nobles salut” – Les HuguenotsGiacomo Meyerbeer

Signore ascolta” – Turandot by Giacomo Puccini

Warning: If you’re headed to Jellystone Park and come across a bear toting a picnic basket, he may just want to share the music with with you.

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