Sunday, June 30, 2013

Come paride vezzoso – L’elisir d’amore

As the graceful Paris
Handed the apple to the most beautiful woman,
my beloved country girl,
I offer you these flowers.         
But more glorious than him,
I am happier than him,
Because as a reward for my gift          
I will carry away your lovely heart.

I see clearly in that little face
That I am making my way into your heart.
It’s not surprising;
I’m gallant, I’m a sergeant;
There’s no beauty that can resist
The sight of a crest;
To Mars, the god of war,
Even the mother of love gives way.

Tito Gobbi as Sergeant Belcore in a somewhat dated film version of Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore.