Mario Lanza, tenor: Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci: Recitar!... Vesti la giubba (1959)
The composer: Ruggero Leoncavallo
The opera: Pagliacci
The composition: Recitar!... Vesti la giubba
The singer: Mario Lanza
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 and 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!
at your broken love!
Laugh at the grief that poisons your heart!