Translation please....Opera

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by EweSheep, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Start at 1:00

    I can not understand French.............[​IMG]

    Anyone can translate?

    It is so beautiful!

  2. Well, if you can get the name of it, then you can maybe find the lyrics for it, and those you can plug into Google Language Tools.

  3. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    So hard to lip read French LOL! I am not the greatest lip reader on foreign it is a challenge for me to see where he starts so I can follow the lyrics and every candanza.
  4. sfw2

    sfw2 Global Menace

    I haven't watched it, yet, but I searched it on YouTube. This isn't it, but there's a duet from The Pearl Fishers (the same opera) that's one of my mother (trained opera singer)'s favorite opera pieces. It makes me cry when I hear it.

    Here's the French libretto of your song:

    NADIR (seul)
    À cette voix quel trouble agitait tout mon être?
    Quel fol espoir? Comment ai-je cru reconnaître?
    Hélas! devant mes yeux déjà, pauvre insensé,
    La même vision tant de fois a passé!
    Non, non, c'est le remords, la fièvre, la délire!
    Zurga doit tout savoir, j'aurais tout lui dire!
    Parjure à mon serment, j'ai voulu la revoir!
    J'ai decouvert sa trace, et j'ai suivi ses pas!
    Et caché dans la nuit et soupirant tout bas,
    J'écoutais ses doux chants emportés dans l'espace.

    Je crois entendre encore,
    Caché sous les palmiers,
    Sa voix tendre et sonore
    Comme un chant de ramier!
    O nuit enchanteresse!
    Divin ravissement!
    O souvenir charmant!
    Folle ivresse! doux rêve!

    Aux clartés des étoiles,
    Je crois encore la voir,
    Entr'ouvrir ses longs voiles
    Aux vents tièdes du soir!
    O nuit enchanteresse! etc
    Charmant souvenir!
  5. sfw2

    sfw2 Global Menace

    And here it is, in English:

    What a turmoil within my whole being, at the sound of her voice!
    What mad hope is this! How could I think I had recognized?...
    Alas, before my poor insane eyes, already,
    this same vision has too often floated by.
    No, no, this is remorse, fever, madness!
    Zurga must know everything! I should have told him all!
    Breaking my troth, I tried to see her again;
    I discovered her trail and I followed her;
    hidden in the night and sighing under my breath,
    I listened to her sweet chants borne away into space...

    I think I can still hear,
    hidden under the palm-trees,
    her tender and sonorous voice
    singing like a dove's.
    O bewitching night,
    exquisite rapture,
    O delightful memory,
    mad elation, sweet dream!
    Under the light of the stars
    I can almost see her
    slightly opening her long veils
    to the tepid evening breeze.
    O bewitching night, etc.

    Edited to add: I love Google.
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2010

  6. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Thank You!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. welsummerchicks

    welsummerchicks Songster

    Jul 26, 2010
    Beautiful song. Opera can do amazing things. Best medicine in the world.
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2010
  8. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    Of all the things I don't expect on a chicken forum, opera is one of them. I have been to the NYC Metropolitan Opera countless times and never fully appreciated it. Thank you for reminding me of the beauty of the brainly cultivated world.
  9. sfw2

    sfw2 Global Menace

  10. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    I never had that opporunity to see the MET or anything like that except our local opera company that comes to town once in a while at the University here. I loved it! My ears were ringing for three days after the concert! But I was a very happy clam!

    And I am fortunate to have a good friend of ours, he is an opera singer as well in Chicago.

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