-- Two years after drawing boos from the demanding audiences of La Scala, Luciano Pavarotti won ovations, a shower of flowers and critical praise for his opening night performance Saturday of Verdi's "Aida". "Luciano Pavarotti is the big star of this show,'' wrote Duilio Courir, music critic for Milan's Corriere della Sera, Italy's largest-selling daily. ''The voice of Pavarotti is marvel that never lets him down.'' -- The audience in the sold-out opera house showed their admiration for Pavarotti early in the four-act opera. After he finished his first solo the performance was interrupted with shouts of ''Bravo!!'' -- As opening night approached, Italian critics had questioned if the 50-year- old Pavarotti would again displease La Scala's audience, as he did in March 1983 in his last previous appearance here.!! [Rare Video Perfomance]!!
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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.