Tune of the Day: Un moto di gioia mi sento
In 1789, a revival of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro was presented in Vienna with soprano Adriana Ferrarese del Bene appearing in the role of Susanna. The composer wrote the aria “Un moto di gioia mi sento” (“An emotion of joy I feel”) for that production as a replacement for the Act II aria “Venite inginocchiatevi”, not because he was dissatisfied with it, but because “Un moto di gioia” was better suited to the voice of del Bene. In the opera, Susanna sings it while she dresses Cherubino in women's clothing as a ruse to deceive the Count.
While productions of The Marriage of Figaro after 1789 have generally used the original “Venite inginocchiatevi”, its replacement aria has hardly faded away. “Un moto di gioia” is still often heard in concert performances and on recordings.