Joel Berglund, Swedish bassbaritone, 1903-1985, as Leporello in Don Giovanni by Mozart, sings Madamina, Il catalogo e questo, recorded in 1946. Joel Berglund was one of Sweden's greatest singers. He had a powerful, majestic voice, known for its intense sound and clear diction. In Sweden he enjoyed the same popularity as Jussi Bjoerling, his classmate at the Stockholm opera school. After the war he had a short, successful international career. He sang at the Met a few seasons. In 1949 he became general manager at the Royal Opera of Stockholm.
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LEPORELLO Madamina, il catalogo è questo Delle belle che amò il padron mio; un catalogo egli è che ho fatt'io; Osservate, leggete con me. In Italia seicento e quaranta; In Almagna duecento e trentuna; Cento in Francia, in Turchia novantuna; Ma in Ispagna son già mille e tre. V'han fra queste contadine, Cameriere, cittadine, V'han contesse, baronesse, Marchesine, principesse. E v'han donne d'ogni grado, D'ogni forma, d'ogni età. Nella bionda egli ha l'usanza Di lodar la gentilezza, Nella bruna la costanza, Nella bianca la dolcezza. Vuol d'inverno la grassotta, Vuol d'estate la magrotta; È la grande maestosa, La piccina e ognor vezzosa. Delle vecchie fa conquista Pel piacer di porle in lista; Sua passion predominante È la giovin principiante. Non si picca - se sia ricca, Se sia brutta, se sia bella; Purché porti la gonnella, Voi sapete quel che fa.
English Libretto or Translation:
LEPORELLO Pretty lady, here's a list I would show you, Of the fair ones my master has courted, Here you'll find them all duly assorted, In my writing, will't please you to look, Here is Italy, six hundred and forty, France is down for five hundred and twenty, Only two hundred the Rhineland supplied him, But mark the climax, Spain has already one thousand and three, Here are Countesses in plenty. Waitingmaids, nineteen or twenty. Rustic beauties, Marchionesses, Ev'ry grade his pow'r confesses. Here are courtly dames and maidens, Young and handsome, old and plain. Is a maiden fair and slender, He will praise her for modest sweetness, Then the dark ones are so tender! Lintwhite tresses shew discreetness; When 'tis cold he likes her portly, In the summer, slim and courtly, Tall and haughty, ne'er she alarms him, If she's tiny, no less she charms him. Ripe duennas he engages, That their names may grace these pages, But what most he's bent on winning, Is of youth the sweet beginning, Poor or wealthy, wan or healthy, Stately dame or modest beauty, He to win them makes his duty, And you know it, not in vain.