Una Furtiva Lagrima: Luciano Pavarotti

from Act II, Scene 2 of the Italian opera L’Elisir d’Amore by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto: Felice Romani
Role: Nemorino, a young peasant in love with Adina
Voice Part: tenor       Fach: tenor leggiero
Setting: The interior of Adina’s house in an Italian village, 19th century
Synopsis: Nemorino has just taken a second dose of love potion. Unbeknownst to him, he has also just inherited a fortune and when he enters the room, he is flocked by the women in the room. Confident because of his dose of “love potion” (which is really just wine), he ignores them as well as his love Adina. Adina is hurt by this and leaves. Nemorino notices her unhappiness and realizes that she does care for him. He sings of his joy at finding that she loves him.

Una furtiva lagrima A sullen and secretive tear
negli occhi suoi spuntò... That started there in her eye…
quelle festose giovani Those socialising bright young things
invidiar sembrò... Seemed to provoke its envy…
Che più cercando io vo? What more searching need I do?
M’ama, lo vedo. She loves me, that I see.
Un solo istante i palpiti For just one moment the beating
del suo bel cor sentir!.. Of her hot pulse could be felt!..
Co’ suoi sospir confondere With her sighing confounding
per poco i miei sospir!... Momentarily my sighs!…
Cielo, si può morir; Oh God, I shall expire;
di più non chiedo. I can’t ask for more.

Translated by Stephen McCloskey (S.McCloskey@ulst.ac.uk)




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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