Carlo Bergonzi as Radames sings Verdi's most famous tenor aria in the Arena di Verona. His wide gestures and full volume singing were probably a deliberate stylistic choice for a huge outdoor amphitheater. His glances at the prompter wouldn't be noticed by the audience!
Conducted by Franco Capuana.
(Correction: "Celeste Aida" is not Verdi's most famous tenor aria, as previously stated, but his most difficult one!)
Watch videos with other singers performing Celeste Aida:
RADAMČS Se quel guerrier Io fossi! se il mio sogno S'avverasse!... Un esercito di prodi Da me guidato... e la vittoria... e il plauso Di Menfi tutta! E a te, mia dolce Aida, Tornar di lauri cinto... Dirti: per te ho pugnato, per to ho vinto!
Celeste Aida, forma divina. Mistico serto di luce e fior, Del mio pensiero tu sei regina, Tu di mia vita sei lo splendor.
Il tuo bel cielo vorrei redarti, Le dolci brezze del patrio suol; Un regal serta sul crin posarti, Ergerti un trono vicino al sol.
Celeste Aida, forma divina, Mistico raggio di luce e fior, ecc.
English Libretto or Translation:
RADAMČS If I were that warrior! If my dreams were to come true! A valiant army led by me… and victory… and the acclamations of all Memphis! And to return to you, my sweet Aida, crowned with laurels… to tell you: for you I fought, for you I conquered!
Heavenly Aida, form divine, mystical garland of light and flowers, of my thoughts you are the queen, you are the light of my life.
I would return to you your lovely sky, the gentle breezes of your native land; a royal crown on your brow I would set, build you a throne next to the sun.
Heavenly Aida, form divine, mystical gleam of light and flowers, etc.