By and large Gigli kept faith with those pieces he most enjoyed singing and that his public adored. ‘It was only through my audiences that this exercise of lungs, diaphragm and vocal cords became transmuted for me into a profound spiritual experience. Like a squirrel counting his hoard of nuts in the winter, I treasure their applause in my memory.’
Giacomo Meyerbeer: L' Africaine (The African Maid)
L'Africana (L'Africaine), Act IV: Mi batte il cor … O paradiso
Giulio Caccini: Amarilli mia bella (My beautiful Amaryllis)
Amarilli, mia bella
Stefano Donaudy: O del mio amato ben
O del mio amato ben (O my beloved)
George Frideric Handel: Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40
Serse (Xerxes), HWV 40, Act I: Frondi tenere e belle … Ombra mai fu, "Largo"
Jules Massenet: Manon
Manon, Act II: Chiudo gli occhi (En fermant les yeux), "Le Reve"