Donna E Mobile

When I’m selecting music for my older adult exercise classes, I try to include songs that would be considered “timeless classics”. The object is to appeal to as many individuals as possible regardless of their background; where they’re from, what they language they speak, etc. The phrase “timeless classic” encompasses a vast number of songs in a wide variety of musical styles. Classical music is not out of the realm of possibilities for exercise programs, in fact one of my favourite go-tos is Giuseppe Verdi’s La Donna E Mobile from his three act opera Rigoletto.   Based on the play “Le Roi S’amuse” by Victor Hugo, it premiered in Venice on March 11, 1851 at the still standing La Fenice, one of the most famous and renowned theatres in Italian history. The version I love to use for my classes is a recording by Andrea Bocelli. His voice is loved and recognizable by many so that these factors can help your participants make the emotional musical connection.  Though this is a serious work, I tend to highlight the drama with choreography moves that are somewhat entertaining such as pretending we’re paddling through Venice in a gondola or conducting an orchestra. If you go that route you may find yourself suddenly craving pasta later in the day.

Andrea Bocelli CD with performance of Donna E Mobile

Andrea Bocelli CD with performance of Donna E Mobile