In celebration to her Italian roots, classical musician Carly Paoli has released her own version of the Neapolitan love song, “I’ Te Vurria Vasa” (I Want To Kiss You).
Written and composed by Vincenzo Russo and Eduardo di Capua in 1900, and first played to Carly by her Italian grandfather, this story of an impossible love has long been a favourite of Italian tenors including Andrea Bocelli, Franco Corelli and notably, Tito Schipa, one of the most popular tenors of the 20th century. Born in the small city of Lecce in Puglia, Schipa went to America, sang at the Metropolitan Opera House, made films in Hollywood and became a local hero.
Rarely performed by a soprano, this thrilling version of ‘I’ Te Vurria Vasà’ – recorded at Abbey Road Studios – showcases Carly’s striking vocal technique and fearless sense of musical adventure. “It was interesting during the recording, and later the filming of the video, to identify and characterise the voice behind the lyric as a woman” explains Carly. “Looking at it from a woman’s perspective was an exciting element that brought into light a new drama in the lyric.”
A highlight of her sold out debut UK headline concert at London’s Cadogan Hall, the song and its association with Puglia resonates with Carly, as she explains “Spending so much of my life with my very musical family in Italy has influenced my love of Italian music and the music I enjoy performing today. Firstly, I was drawn to the romantic melody of this song and, when I listened to the poetic lyric – inspired by real life events and the real emotions the lyricist had for the lady he knew he could never be with – I fell in love with this heart-warming song and, in particular, Tito Schipa’s recording.”
I feel that song is perfect fit for Carly’s angelic vocals & gives her a chance to showcase the delicate nature behind her voice.
I also believe that this song showcases the natural talent that Carly features & gives you a chance to connect more with the artist behind the music.
You can check out the official video below.