Vesti La Giubba: Luciano Pavarotti

Recitar! Mentre preso dal delirio, To recite! While taken with delirium,
non so più quel che dico, I no longer know what it is that I say,
e quel che faccio! or what it is that I am doing!
Eppur è d’uopo, sforzati! And yet it is necessary, force yourself!
Bah! sei tu forse un uom? Bah! Can’t you be a man?
Tu se’ Pagliaccio! You are “Pagliaccio”

Vesti la giubba, Put on the costume,
e la faccia in farina. and the face in white powder.
La gente paga, e rider vuole qua. The people pay, and laugh when they please.
E se Arlecchin t’invola Colombina, and if Harlequin invites away Colombina
ridi, Pagliaccio, e ognun applaudirà! laugh, Pagliaccio, and everyone will applaud!
Tramuta in lazzi lo spasmo ed il pianto;Change into laughs the spasms of pain;
in una smorfia il singhiozzo into a grimace the tears of pain, Ah!
il dolor, Ah!
Ridi, Pagliaccio, Laugh, Pagliaccio,
sul tuo amore infranto! for your love is broken!
Ridi del duol, che t’avvelena il cor! Laugh from the pain, that poisons your heart!


Vesti la giubba – Arioso
from Act I of the Italian opera I Pagliacci by Ruggiero Leoncavallo
Libretto: Ruggiero Leoncavallo
Role: Canio, the head of a performing troupe, married to Nedda (Pagliaccio in the play)
Voice Part: tenor       Fach: spinto tenor
Setting: The entrance to a village, Calabria, Italy, 1860s
Synopsis: Canio sings that, although his love has betrayed him and his heart is broken, he must go on and show a cheerful face to the world.

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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