Miguel Fleta sings 'Le rêve' ('En fermant les yeux') (in italiano) from Jules Massenet's 'Manon'.
This recording is from 1926.
Miguel Fleta (28 December 1892 - 30 May 1938) was a Spanish operatic tenor. He was one of the most significant opera singers of the 20th century and was renowned for his messa di voce and his ability to produce eternal, spun out pianissimo effects before swelling the tone to its full size and back down again. He studied voice at the Madrid conservatory and debuted in Trieste, Italy in 1919. Successful engagements followed. He sang at La Scala from 1923 to 1926 and at the Metropolitan Opera from 1923 to 1925. He created the role of Calaf in Giacomo Puccini's posthumously-premiered final opera, Turandot, Arturo Toscanini conducting. He retired in 1935 after a 16-year career and died three years later at the age of 41.
Watch videos with other singers performing En fermant les yeux:
DES GRIEUX En fermant les yeux, je vois là-bas une humble retraite, une maisonnette toute blanche au fond des bois! Sous ses tranquilles ombrages, les clairs et joyeux ruisseaux, où se mirent les feuillages, chantent avec les oiseaux! C'est le Paradis! Oh! non! Tout est là triste et morose, car il y manque une chose: il y faut encor Manon!
MANON C'est un rêve, une folie!
DES GRIEUX Non! là sera notre vie, si tu le veux, ô Manon!
English Libretto or Translation:
DES GRIEUX When I close my eyes I see far away a modest retreat, a little cottage lost in the middle of the woods! Under the quiet shade, the clear and joyous streams, in which the leaves are reflected, sing with the birds! It's Paradise! Oh no, everything there is sad and melancholy, because one thing is missing: Manon ought to be present!
MANON That's only a dream, a folly!
DES GRIEUX No, our life will be there, if you want it, oh Manon!