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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):

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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

Anna Moffo: Strauss - Die Fledermaus, 'Mein Herr Marquis'

Singer: Anna Moffo

Anna Moffo (June 27, 1932 -- March 9, 2006) was an Italian-American opera singer and one of the leading lyric-coloratura sopranos of her generation. She possessed a warm and radiant voice of considerable range and agility, and was an affecting singing-actress of great physical beauty...

Lyrics & English Translation

My dear Marquis
Why must you be
So loathe to use your eyes
When you stop and stare
Take a lot more care
And closely scrutinise

My fingers, my ankles, my feet
Ha ha ha ha ha
How shapely and trim and petite
Ha ha ha ha ha
Both accent and inflection show polish to perfection
Such graces are the traces of our old elite
Such graces are the traces of our old elite

I marvel how a man like you
Could fail to see my blood was blue
What a gorgeous, ha ha ha
Situation, ha ha ha
What a startling, ha ha ha
Revelation, ha ha ha ha ha
What a friendly, ha ha ha
Situation, ha ha ha haaaa aaaa aaa aaaa
Ahhhh aaahhhhhh
Marquis, oh, what a wag you are

Profiles they say
Give the game away
When formed with classic grace
If the head on view
Isn't much to you
Then look at me side-face

What evidence more can there be, ha ha ha ha ha
I sing at soirees without fee, ha ha ha ha ha ha
Bestowing my attention
With lofty condescension
Such graces are the traces of a pedigree
Such graces are the traces of a pedigree

All's one to you, though I'm afraid
Because you love a parlour maid
What a friendly, ha ha ha
Situation, ha ha ha
What a startling, ha ha ha
Revelation, ha ha ha ha ha

What a friendly, ha ha ha
Situation, ha ha ha haaaa aaaa aaa aaaaa


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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.

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