Quando m'en vo (Musetta's Waltz)

Opera details:

Opera title:

La Bohème

Composer:

Giacomo Antonio Puccini

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

La Bohème Synopsis

Libretto:

La Bohème Libretto

Translation(s):

English Deutsch

Aria details:

Also known as:

Musetta's Waltz

Type:

aria

Role(s):

Musetta / Alcindoro / Mimì / Rodolfo / Colline / Marcello / Schaunard

Voice(s):

Soprano

Act:

2.08

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Puccini / Bidú Sayão, 1947: Quando me'n vo' (La Boheme, Act II) Lyrics

Singer(s): Marian Anderson Patrice Munsel Bidu Sayão Rita Streich Pia Tassinari

The late Brazilian soprano Bidú Sayão (1902-1999) performs the aria "Quando me'n vo' " from Act 2 of Puccini's La Boheme. This performance took place June 17, 1947 at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York City; Pietro Cimara (1887-1967) conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

I created this video from the LP depicted above, issued in 1959 on the Columbia label, serial number ML 5231. The Library of Congress online catalog listing for this recording can be reviewed here:
So that there is no question in the mind of the listener, I rely principally on images of the LP label (1:23) and LP jacket (front, 1:12, reverse, 1:55; notes from the reverse cover begin at 1:40) in order to document the authenticity of historically important recordings such as these.

Patrice Munsel, 1953: Quando m'en vo' (Musetta's Waltz, Boheme, Act II) - ------------------------------------------------------------------
My Brazilian artist playlist is here:
Some individual uploads from Brazilian artists:

Villa-Lobos / Bidú Sayão: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 - 1957 Recording -
Antonio Barbosa, with Wanda Wilkomirska, 1971 - Albéniz/Kreisler : Tango -
De Falla / Guiomar Novaes: Nights In The Gardens Of Spain -
Guiomar Novaes: Nocturne in G minor, Op. 15, No. 3 (Chopin) - Early 1950s -
Bidú Sayão: Nigue-Nigue-Ninhas (Brazilian lullaby, arr. Ernani Braga) - 1940s Recording -
Chopin / Guiomar Novaes, 1957: Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49 -
Mozart / Guiomar Novaes, 1955: Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K 331 - Complete -
Bidú Sayão, 1947: Carry Me Back to Old Virginny: ------------------------------------------------------------------
Bidú Sayão, Rita Streich, Pia Tassinari, Ferruccio Tagliavini, Marian Anderson, The Robert Shaw Chorale: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Lyrics

Quando me'n vo'
Quando me'n vo' soletta per la via,
la gente sosta e mira,
e la bellezza mia tutta ricerca in me,
ricerca in me
Da capo a' piè.

Ed assaporo allor la bramosia
sottil che dagli occhi traspira
e dai palesi vezzi intender sa
alle occulte beltà.
Così l'effluvio del desìo tutta m'aggira,
felice mi fa!

E tu che sai, che memori e ti struggi,
da me tanto rifuggi?

So ben:
le angosce tue non le vuoi dir,
non le vuoi dir, so ben,
ma ti senti morir!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Bidu Sayão começou estudando canto com Elena Teodorini, uma romena que então vivia no Brasil, e que a levou para a Romênia, onde ela continuou seus estudos. Mais tarde foi para Nice na França onde foi aluna de Jean de Reszke, um tenor polonês que ajudou a consolidar sua técnica vocal. Bidu Sayão estreou em 1926 no Teatro Costanzi de Roma, no papel de Rosina em O Barbeiro de Sevilha de Rossini. Sua estréia no Metropolitan Opera House de Nova Iorque se deu em 1937 no papel de Manon na ópera de Massenet. Foi parte do elenco do Metropolitan durante muitos anos. Arturo Toscanini era seu admirador, referindo-se a ela como la piccola brasiliana. Em fevereiro de 1938 cantou para o casal Roosevelt na Casa Branca. Roosevelt lhe ofereceu a cidadania estadunidense, mas ela recusou na hora. De acordo com a mesma, "no Brasil eu nasci e no Brasil morrerei". Entretanto ela morreu de pneumonia nos Estados Unidos em 1999, antes de completar 97 anos, sem realizar um de seus desejos: rever a Baia de Guanabara. Havia uma viagem agendada para este propósito no ano de seu centenário, mas a soprano faleceu antes disso. Ao morrer morava na cidade de Lincolnsville, no estado americano do Maine, onde residiu grande parte de sua vida.
"David Hertzberg"

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

MUSETTA
Quando m’en vo soletta per la via,
La gente sosta e mira
E la bellezza mia tutta ricerca in me
Da capo a pie'...
Ed assaporo allor la bramosia
Sottil, che da gli occhi traspira
E dai palesi vezzi intender sa
Alle occulte beltà.
Così l'effluvio del desìo tutta m'aggira,
Felice mi fa!
E tu che sai, che memori e ti struggi
Da me tanto rifuggi?
So ben le angoscie tue non le vuoi dir,
Ma ti senti morir!

English Libretto or Translation:

MUSETTA
When I go all by myself through the street,
People stop and look,
and everyone looks at my beauty
from head to foot.
And therefore I savor the subtle desire
which emanates from their eyes,
and from the obvious charms is understood
the hidden beauty.
Like this the flood of desire surround me,
it makes me happy!
And you who know, so that memory is tearing you up
Why do you fly from me so much again?
I know very well that you don’t want to speak about your agony,
But you feel yourself dying!
 
 
Translation by: Marc Verzatt 

Sheetmusic in our database with this aria

G. Schirmer Opera Anthology: Arias for SopranoG. Schirmer Opera Anthology: Diction Coach Arias for SopranoPrima Donna's AlbumAnthology of Italian Opera: SopranoLyric Soprano Arias: A Master Class with Evelyn LearModern Soprano Operatic AlbumPuccini Arias for Soprano Volume 1Puccini: 3 Puccini Arias for SopranoPuccini: Arias for Soprano