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Mein Herr Marquis (Laughing Song)

Opera details:

Opera title:

Die Fledermaus

Composer:

Johann Strauss jr

Language:

German

Synopsis:

Die Fledermaus Synopsis

Libretto:

Die Fledermaus Libretto

Translation(s):

Not entered yet.

Aria details:

Also known as:

Laughing Song

Type:

aria

Role(s):

Adele

Voice(s):

Soprano

Act:

2.06

Previous scene: Ach meine Herrn und Damen
Next scene: Pardon gnädiges Fräulein

Lucia Popp - Johann Strauss Die Fledermaus "Mein Herr Marquis" as Adele

Singer: Lucia Popp

Lucia Popp
Die Fledermaus "Mein Herr Marquis" as Adele"
Conductor: Carolos Kleiber
Bayerischer Staatsoperchor
Bayerisches Staatsorchester
Recording: Munchen 10/1975

Synopsis
Act I. Eisenstein's Home
Alfred serenades Rosalinda while Adele wonders how she can go to Prince Orlofsky's ball. She asks for a leave 'to see her poor sick aunt' but Rosalinda refuses. She reminds her maid that Eisenstein will serve five days in jail for hanging a man's coat on the rack while the man is still in it.
Eisentstein is furious at Blind's representation of him which made the court extend the sentence from five to eight days. Falke persuades Eisenstein to go with him to Orlofsky's party instead of going to jail. Eisenstein recollects the time when he left Falke out in the park the night after a costume parade. The next morning, Falke was surrounded by all the Sunday promenaders and the worse embarrassment was that he had to go home in his bat costume. The two men agree on a disguise for Eisenstein. Rosalinda, who assumes that her husband is going to spend the night in jail, gives Adele the night off. Rosalinda's lover, Alfred, reappears. Falke leaves a note for Rosalinda telling her to come to Orlofsky's party disguised as a Hungarian countess. Meanwhile Frank, the prison warden, mistakes Alfred as Eisenstein, and takes him to jail.
Act II. Prince Orlofsky's Ball
Falke sets the stage for his practical joke: He introduces Eisenstein to the prince and announces that Adele is actress Olga. Eisenstein and Adele recognized each other. Falke and the guests laugh at Eisenstein for calling Adele a chambermaid. Rosalinda arrives wearing her costume. Falke introduces her as a Hungarian countess. Rosalinda immediately recognizes her husband an Adele. Eisenstein unknowingly woos his wife, with the aid of his charming watch. Rosalind pockets the watch. The guests toast champagne. When the clock strikes six, Eisenstein hurries off to jail with Frank.
Act III. In Prison
Frosch the jailer has been drinking. Adele appears with her sister, Sally, hoping that Frank will help her launch her stage career. Frank locks up Adele and Sally to get them out of the way. He still believes that Alfred is Eisenstein. He explains how he found the prisoner (actually Alfred) kissing Rosalinda. Alfred demands a lawyer and Blind is sent for. Rosalinda bails out Alfred. When Blind arrives, Eisenstein intercepts him, forcing Blind to exchange clothes. Disguised, Eisenstein interrogates his wife and Alfred. Eisenstein removes his disguise and everything is revealed. Frank has Adele and sally brought down to identify Eisenstein. Falke arrives with Orlofsky and his guests. Falke explains how he has made plans as his revenge for Eisenstein's previous joke on him. Alfred also claims that his visit to Rosalinda was part of the joke. The prince offers to sponsor Adele in the theater. Everybody toasts.

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

Couplet

ADELE
Mein Herr Marquis, ein Mann wie Sie
Sollt' besser das verstehn!
Darum rate ich, ja genauer sich
Die Leute anzusehn.
Die Hand ist doch wohl zu fein, ah,
Dies Füsschen so zierlich und klein, ah,
Die Sprache, die ich führe, die Taille, die Turnüre,
Dergleichen finden Sie bei einer Zofe nie!
Gestehen müssen Sie fürwahr,
Sehr komisch dieser Irrtum war.
Ja, sehr komisch, hahaha, ist die Sache, hahaha,
Drum verzeihn Sie, wenn ich lache, hahaha,
Sehr komisch, Herr Marquis, sind Sie.

ALLE
Ja, sehr komisch, hahaha, ist die Sache, hahaha.

ADELE
Mit dem Profil im griech'schen Stil
Beschenkte mich Natur.
Wenn nicht dies Gesicht schon genügend spricht,
So sehn Sie die Figur!
Schaun durch die Lorgnette Sie dann, ah,
Sich diese Toilette nur an, ah,
Es scheint mir wohl, die Liebe macht Ihre Augen trübe.
Der schönen Zofe Bild hat ganz Ihr Herz erfüllt!
Nun sehen Sie sie überall,
Sehr komisch ist fürwahr der Fall.
Ja, sehr komisch, hahaha, ist die Sache, hahaha,
Sehr komisch, Herr Marquis, sind Sie.

ALLE
Hahaha! Hahaha!

English Libretto or Translation:

ADELE
My dear Marquis,
You've insulted me,
A most impolite thing to do.
Though you were unkind,
I am too refined
To say what I think of you.
This delicate hand is so fine;
Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah;
This foot of such tiny design,
Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah;
My diction is perfection,
My bearing, my complexion--
You'll never see such features
In a lady's maid;
You'll never see the charms
That you find here displayed.
You really must admit, in fact,
Your words were quite devoid of tact!
You're amusing, ha, ha, ha,
You're delightful, ha, ha, ha,
Can't help laughing, ha, ha, ha,
Feeling spiteful, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha;
You're amusing, ha, ha, ha,
You're delightful, ha, ha, ha,
Can't help laughing, ha, ha, ha,
Feeling spiteful, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha;
A comical mistake, Marquis.

Look at this profile,
In the Grecian style,
A beauty of classical charms,
With a perfect smile,
Full of youthful guile,
A Venus with both her arms.
Perhaps you should use a lorgnette
Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah,
To study my trim silhouette,
Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah,
It's clear your eyes deceive you;
Of doubt let me relieve you:
You're wrong to think that I'm
Your precious ladies' maid;
Your mind is filled with visions of her, I'm afraid.
You think you see her face in me;
How wrong you are, my dear Marquis!
You're amusing, ha, ha, ha,
You're delightful, ha, ha, ha,
Can't help laughing, ha, ha, ha,
Feeling spiteful, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha;
You're amusing, ha, ha, ha,
You're delightful, ha, ha, ha,
Can't help laughing, ha, ha, ha,
Feeling spiteful, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha;
A comical mistake, Marquis, etc.

Sheetmusic in our database with this aria

G. Schirmer Opera Anthology: Coloratura Arias for SopranoG. Schirmer Opera Anthology: Diction Coach Coloratura Arias for SopranoOperatic Anthology: Soprano

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