|Lucia di Lammermoor|
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This song became famous in "The Fifth Element" as a performance by Diva Plagalaguna. However, the beautiful aria "Il dolce suono" opens the famous "mad scene" from Donizetti's opera "Lucia di Lammermoor". Lucia's Mad Scene is one of opera's most popular arias, and for a good reason: is there a more true depiction of human madness in music (see lyrics below)? Albanian soprano Inva Mula performs this haunting rendition.
The sweet sound, hits me, his voice!
Ah, that voice into my heart decends!
Edgardo, I surrender to you
A chill creeps into my breast!
trembles every fiber!
falters my foot!
Near the fountain next to me sit a while!
Alas! arises a tremendous phantom and separates us!
Here let us take refuge, by the foot of the alter.
Strewn is it with roses!
A harmony celestial, do you not hear?
Ah, the marrige hymn plays!
The ceremony for us draws near! Happiness!
Oh, joy that one feels and does not speak of!
The incense burns!
Brilliant the sacred torches, shining all around!
Here is the minister!
Give me your right hand!
Oh, joyous day!
At last, I am your, at last you are mine,
to me you have been given by God.
Every pleasure is more grateful,
(it is) to me, with you, more sweet
From peaceful heaven a smile
life to us will be.
"To be, or not to be, that is the question: whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them? To die, to sleep. No more; and by a sleep to say we end the heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks. That flesh is heir to: 'tis a consummation. Devoutly to be wished... " ~ The Poet. Aren't we all slightly mad??
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Il dolce suono
Mi colpi di sua voce! Ah! quella voce
M' è qui nel cor discesa!
Edgardo; io ti son resa;
Fuggita io son da' tuoi nemici ... Un gelo
Mi serpeggia nei sen!.. trema ogni fibra!
Vacilla il piè! Presso la fonte, meco
T'assidi alquanto ... Ahimè! ... sorge il tremedo
Fantasma e ne sepára! ...
Qui ricoviamci, Edgardo a piè dell' ara
Sparsa è di rose!.. Un' armonia celeste
Di', non ascolti?.. Ah l'inno
Suona di nozze!.. Il rito
Per noi, per noi s'appressa! ... Oh me felice!
Oh gioja che si sente, o non si dice?
Ardon gl' incensi ... splendon
Le sacre faci intorno!
Ecco il ministro! Porgimi
La destra ... Ah lieto giorno!
Alfin son tua: sei mio!
A me ti dona un Dio ...
Ogol piacer più grato
Mi fia con te diviso ...
Del cìel clemente un riso
La vita a noi sarà!
I was stirred
by the sweet sound of his voice! Ah, that voice
won this heart of mine!
Edgardo, I am yours again,
Edgardo, ah, my Edgardo!
Yes, I am yours again,
I escaped from your enemies.
An icy shiver creeps in my bosom.
Every nerve quivers! My step falters!
Sit with me a while near the fountain.
Alas! The terrible spectre rises
and parts us! Alas!
Alas! Edgardo! Edgardo! Ah!
The spectre...parts us!
Here let us hide, Edgardo, at the foot of the altar.
it is strewn with roses! Celestial harmony,
do you not hear it? Ah, strains
of our wedding-hymn! The ceremony
awaits usL.Oh, how happy I am!
Edgardo, Edgardo, how happy I am!
Oh, joy that I feel but cannot express!
The incense is burning - the sacred
torches are glowing all around!
Here is the minister! Give me
your hand...Oh, happy day!
At last I am yours, at last you are mine,
God has given you to me.