Afternoon thread: Even you, oh Prince

(I’m posting this as a thread, as I will be in and out, today only).
Luciano, Buona Notte.

Nessun dorma, nessun dorma …
Tu pure, o Principessa,
Nella tua fredda stanza,
Guardi le stelle
Che tremano d’amore
  E di speranza.
No one sleeps, no one sleeps…
Even you, o Princess,
In your cold room,
Watch the stars,
That tremble with love
  And with hope.

Ma il mio mistero è chiuso in me,
Il nome mio nessun saprà, no, no,
Sulla tua bocca lo dirò
Quando la luce splenderà,
Ed il mio bacio scioglierà il silenzio
  Che ti fa mia.
But my secret is hidden within me;
My name no one shall know, no, no,
On your mouth I will speak it*
When the light shines,
And my kiss will dissolve the silence
  That makes you mine.
Il nome suo nessun saprà
E noi dovrem, ahimè, morir.

No one will know his name
And we must, alas, die.

(The Prince)
Dilegua, o notte!
Tramontate, stelle!
All’alba vincerò!
(The Prince)
Vanish, o night!
Go beyond the mountains, stars!
At daybreak, I shall conquer!


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    • byteb on September 6, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    He was magnificent.

    This link is to a 1982 performance.

    • exmearden on September 6, 2007 at 10:24 pm

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