Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Madame Butterfly

This aria from Puccini's Madama Butterfly really made me sad. I haven't seen the whole opera but I know that Cio Cio San here will die. The aria has a message of hope and my favorite Prima Donna Maria Callas really put a lot of emotion in it.

the english translation of the Italian aria

Un Bel Di Vedremo / One good day, we will see

One good day, we will see
Arising a strand of smoke
Over the far horizon on the sea
And then the ship appears
And then the ship is white
It enters into the port, it rumbles its salute
Do you see it? He is coming!
I don't go down to meet him, not I.
I stay upon the edge of the hill
And I wait a long time
but I do not grow weary of the long wait
And leaving from the crowded city,
A man, a little speck
Climbing the hill.
Who is it? Who is it?
as he arrives
What will he say? What will he say?
He will call Butterfly from the distance
I without answering
Stay hidden
A little to tease him,
A little as to not die.
At the first meeting,
And then a little troubled
He will call, he will call
"Little one, dear wife
Blossom of orange"
The names he called me at his last coming.
All this will happen,
I promise you this
Hold back your fears -
I with secure faith wait for him.

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