La Donna E Mobile: Mario Lanza

I wanted to choose Pavarotti, but Mario Lanza is more convincing as a Latin lover!

La donna è mobile, qual piùma al vento,
Woman is fickle (movable), like a feather in the wind,
muta d’accento, e di pensiero.
she changes the tone of her voice (i.e., her accents), and her thoughts
Sempre un amabile, leggiadro viso,
Always a sweet, pretty face,
in pianto o in riso, è menzognero.
in tears or in laughter, (she) is (always) lying
La donna è mobile, qual piùma al vento,
Woman is fickle, like a feather in the wind,
muta d’accento, e di pensier
she changes her accents, and her thoughts
e di pensier, e di pensier
and her thoughts, and her thoughts

È sempre misero, chi a lei s’affida,
It is always miserable, he that trusts in her
(He is always miserable who trusts in her)
chi le confida, mal cauto il core!
who to her confides, his unwary heart!
Pur mai non sentesi felice appieno
Yet nobody feels happy fully
chi su quel seno non liba amore!
who on that bosom doesn’t drink love,
La donna è mobil, qual piùma al vento,
Woman is fickle, like a feather in the wind,
muta d’accento e di pensier,
she changes the tone of her voice and her thoughts
e di pensier, e e di pensier!
and her thoughts, and her thoughts!

La Donna E Mobile – from Act III of  Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi

Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave

Role: The Duke of Mantua

Setting: The inn of Sparafucile

Synopsis: The Duke, disguised as a soldier, sings that all women are fickle and that they will betray anyone who falls in love with them.

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About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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