Franco Corelli (8 April 1921 -- 29 October 2003) was a famous Italian tenor who had a major international opera career between 1951 and 1976. Associated in particular with the spinto and dramatic tenor roles of the Italian repertory, he was celebrated universally for his powerhouse voice, electrifying top notes, clear timbre, a very elegant and passionate singing and remarkable performances. Dubbed the "Prince of tenors", Corelli possessed handsome features and a charismatic stage presence which endeared him to audiences. He had a long and fruitful partnership with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City between 1961 and 1975. He also appeared on the stages of most of the major opera houses in Europe and with opera companies throughout North America...
Lyrics & English Translation
Act! While in delirium and out of my brain,
I do not know what I say and do, I'm down,
And yet it's necessary... make a strain!
Bah! Are you not a man?
You are a clown!
Put on your costume,
dip your face into farina.
The people want to laugh, and they pay to be here.
And if Harlequin shall steal your Columbina,
laugh, clown, laugh, and then the audience will cheer!
Turn your distress and tears into jest, oh, clown
your pain and sobbing into a funny face, while playing your part -- Ah!
at your love, that was broken down!
Laugh at the grief that envenoms your heart!
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