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Ridi Pagliaccio

Opera details:

Opera title:

Pagliacci

Composer:

Ruggero Leoncavallo

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

Pagliacci Synopsis

Libretto:

Pagliacci Libretto

Translation(s):

English Deutsch

Aria details:

Type:

aria

Role(s):

Canio

Voice(s):

Tenor

Act:

1.17c

Previous scene: Vesti la giubba
Next scene: Oh?! presto affrettiamoci compare

Luciano Pavarotti - Vesti La Giubba {Leoncavallo's Pagliacci}

Singer: Luciano Pavarotti

LUCIANO PAVAROTTI - LEONCAVALLO'S PAGLIACCI

"Vesti La Giubba" (Put On The Costume) is a famous Tenor Aria from Ruggero Leoncavallo's 1892 Italian Opera Pagliacci. "Vesti La Giubba" is the conclusion of Act I, when Canio discovers his wife's infidelity, but must nevertheless prepare for his performance as Pagliaccio the clown because "The show must go on".
The Aria is often regarded as one of the most moving in the operatic repertoire of the time. The pain of Canio is portrayed in the Aria and exemplifies the entire notion of the "tragic clown": smiling on the outside but crying on the inside.

LYRICS: (In Italian)
Recitar! Mentre preso dal delirio,
non so più quel che dico,
e quel che faccio!
Eppur è d'uopo, sforzati!
Bah! Sei tu forse un uom?
Tu se' Pagliaccio!

Vesti la giubba,
e la faccia infarina.
La gente paga, e rider vuole qua.
E se Arlecchin t'invola Colombina,
ridi, Pagliaccio, e ognun applaudirà!
Tramuta in lazzi lo spasmo ed il pianto
in una smorfia il singhiozzo e 'l dolor, Ah!

Ridi, Pagliaccio,
sul tuo amore infranto!
Ridi del duol, che t'avvelena il cor!

LYRICS: (In English)
Act! While in delirium,
I no longer know what I say,
or what I do!
And yet it's necessary... make an effort!
Bah! Are you not a man?
You are a clown!

Put on your costume,
powder your face.
The people pay to be here, and they want to laugh.
And if Harlequin shall steal your Columbina,
laugh, clown, so the crowd will cheer!
Turn your distress and tears into jest,
your pain and sobbing into a funny face -- Ah!

Laugh, clown,
at your broken love!
Laugh at the grief that poisons your heart!

Opera: Pagliacci
Composer: Ruggero Leoncavallo
Year: 1892
Performed By: Luciano Pavarotti
Song: Vesti La Giubba (Put On The Costume)

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

Vesti la giubba,
e la faccia in farina.
La gente paga, e rider vuole qua.
E se Arlecchin t'invola Colombina,
ridi, Pagliaccio, e ognun applaudirà !
Tramuta in lazzi lo spasmo ed il pianto;Change into laughs the spasms of pain;
in una smorfia il singhiozzo
il dolor, Ah!
Ridi, Pagliaccio,
sul tuo amore infranto!
Ridi del duol, che t'avvelena il cor!

English Libretto or Translation:

Put on the costume,
and the face in white powder.
The people pay, and laugh when they please.
and if Harlequin invites away Colombina
laugh, Pagliaccio, and everyone will applaud!
into a grimace the tears of pain, Ah!

Laugh, Pagliaccio,
for your love is broken!
Laugh of the pain, that poisons your heart!

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