This recording of "Vesti la giubba" from Leoncavallo's Pagliacci is most likely familiar to all of you. It was recorded by the great Neapolitan tenor Enrico Caruso (1873-1921) and is one of his most famous recordings. There is certainly no lack of this recording on YouTube.
What sets this particular video apart, however, is the fact that much of the recording has been synchronized with Caruso's filmed performance taken from the 1918 picture "My Cousin". No, the synchronization is not perfect, but it makes for some interesting viewing. Enjoy!
Watch videos with other singers performing Vesti la giubba:
Recitar! Mentre preso dal delirio, non so piů quel che dico, e quel che faccio! Eppur č d'uopo, sforzati! Bah! sei tu forse un uom? Tu se' Pagliaccio!
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 applaudirŕ ! 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:
To recite! While taken with delirium, I no longer know what it is that I say, or what it is that I am doing! And yet it is necessary, force yourself! Bah! Can't you be a man? You are "Pagliaccio"
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!