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Friday, August 26, 2011

Humorous Duet For Two Cats

Lyrics are easy here... just miau or miow.

I saw this on TV. This guy was singing this duet in his countertenor voice together with a soprano. They were good but I don't have that video. I did a search and below are what I could find. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Cat Duet ~ 
Duet For 2 Cats ~ 
Humorous Duet For Two Cats ~ 
Duetto Buffo Di Due Gatti

Rossini Cat duet
A Duet for Two Cats done by guys

Duetto buffo di due gatti

The Duetto buffo di due gatti ("humorous duet for two cats") is a popular performance piece for sopranos. It is often performed as a concert encore.


While the piece is typically attributed to Gioachino Rossini, it was not actually written by him, but is instead a compilation written in 1825 that draws principally on his 1816 operaOtello. The compiler was likely the English composer Robert Lucas de Pearsall, who for this purpose used the pseudonym "G. Berthold".[1]

Music and lyrics

The music consists, in order of appearance, of:

the "Katte-Cavatine" by the Danish composer C.E.F. Weyse[2]
part of the duet for Otello and Iago in Act 2 of Otello
part of the cabaletta to the aria "Ah, come mai non senti", sung by Rodrigo in the same act

The lyrics are uncharacteristic, consisting entirely of the repeated word "miau" ("meow").

See also

"Duo miaulé" in L'enfant et les sortilèges

Here below are some samples...

Countertenor Voice

Gerard Lesne - Rossini - cats duet

Countertenor in Acappella Male Sextet
Affabre Concinui - Duetto Buffo Di Due Gatti

A Duet for Two Cats...done by guys!!!!

First Song (Duet for Two Cats)

Male & Female Voices

Cat duet - Duetto buffo di due gatti (Rossini)

2 Female Voices

Duet for Two Cats by Rossini

Rossini Cat Duet Pauline Tinsley Elizabeth Vaughan

Rosa D'Imperio & Gabriela Garcia: The Cat Duet


Gerard Lesne (Part One)
A french special about the French Countertenor Gerard Lesne. 
*****Please note that the commentary is in French**** 
Personally I don't speak a word of french but enjoyed listening to him singing the various arias from the Baroque era as well as the Rossini Cat duet.

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