Leyla Gencer, or Ayşe Leyla Çeyrekgil (October 10, 1928 -- May 10, 2008) was a world-renowned Turkish operatic soprano. Known as "La Diva Turca" (The Turkish Diva) and "La Regina" (The Queen) in the opera world, Gencer was a notable bel canto soprano who spent most of her career in Italy, from the early 1950s through the mid-1980s, and had a repertoire encompassing more than seventy roles. She made very few commercial recordings; however, numerous bootleg recordings of her performances exist. In particular, Gencer was associated with the heroines of Donizetti...
Lyrics & English Translation
Light is languishing, the beacon that eternally Moves in the vast heavens is dying away! O desired night, you providentially veil The guilty hand which is going to strike the blow... New crime! It is necessary! The fatal deed must be done. The dead do not care to reign; Let them rest in eternal peace! Oh voluptuous pleasure of the throne! Oh scepter, finally you are mine! Every mortal desire Is silenced and assuaged by you. He who was predicted king Will soon fall lifeless...
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