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August 19, 2007

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maren

did you ever have any luck getting the instrumental version of that aria? your blog is the only reference I can find to it and I am a bit obsessed with that song. let me know, thanks!

Awake

It's "Ella giammai m'amo", a bass aria sung by Felipe II (as character). The best performer of this aria (for me) is Nicolai Ghiaurov, in the Karajan version.

Sheet music (whole opera):

http://www.dlib.indiana.edu/variations/scores/bag7381/

Libretto:

http://www.karadar.it/Librettos/verdi_carlo.html

Translation of the aria lyrics:

She never loved me,

no, that heart is closed for me,

she feels no love for me,

no love for me.

I can see her again,

looking with sad face,

my white hair

the day she came from France.

No, she feels no love for me,

she feels no love for me.

Where am I?

Those candles are almost finished,

the sunrise whites my balcony

the day is coming.

I see my days passing slowly

The dream desappeared from my languishing eyes.

I will sleep only under my royal mantle

when my day arrives to the sunset

I will sleep only under my black vault

I will sleep only under my black vault

there, in the Escorial tomb.

If the royal sceptre gave power to me

for reading in hearts, that only God can see...

If the royal sceptre gave power to me

for reading in hearts, that only God can see...

If the prince is slept, the traitor is awake.

The king loses his sceptre, the husband, his honour.

I will sleep only under my royal mantle

when my day arrives to the sunset

I will sleep only under my black vault,

I will sleep only under my black vault,

there, in the Escorial tomb.

Ah! If the royal sceptre gave power to me

for reading in hearts...

She never loved me,

no, that heart is closed for me,

she feels no love for me,

no love for me.

(It's nothing, I just LOVE this aria)

Ks.

jb

the old geezer, in the movie -- .

anyway: I don't think 'Live' (???) can be a very significant reason for 'the fall of alternative music', as no-one in (for instance) this country has ever heard of them. in this country (though not necessarily elsewhere), it would probably make just as much sense to blame Oasis for the fall of alternative music, if fallen it has.

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