Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Non piangere liu – Turandot

Don’t cry, Liù
If a long time ago
I smiled at you
For that smile,
My sweet girl
Listen to me
Your master
He will be, tomorrow,
Possibly, all alone in the world
Don’t leave him...
Take him with you.
In exile,
Sweeten the way for him
O my poor Liù,
To your dear heart
That never fails
Pray for he
Who shan’t smile anymore.

Jose Carreras, Katia Ricciarelli and John Paul Bogart in the finale to act I of Puccini's Turandot.
Vienna, 1983. Conductor: Lorin Maazel.

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