Sunday, December 18, 2011

Ecco, ridente in cielo – Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Here, laughing in heaven
emerges the beautiful dawn,
and you are not awake yet
you can sleep like this?
Arise, my sweet hope,
come, my dear idol;
Render less painful, oh God,
The arrow that wounds me.
Oh destiny! I see now
that dear countenance;
this loving soul
has obtained mercy.
Oh moments of love!
Oh sweet contentedness!
Precious moment
It has no equal!

Juan Diego Florez sings Almaviva's first aria from Rossini's Barber of Seville. I'm not sure what those hopping Vulcans are supposed to represent.

La Scala, 1999. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.

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