Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore,
non feci mai male ad anima viva!
Con man furtiva
quante miserie conobbi aiutai.

Sempre con fe' sincera
la mia preghiera
ai santi tabernacoli salì.
Sempre con fe' sincera
diedi fiori agli altar.

Nell'ora del dolore
perché, perché, Signore,
perché me ne rimuneri così?

Diedi gioielli della Madonna al manto,
e diedi il canto agli astri, al ciel,
che ne ridean più belli.
Nell'ora del dolore,
perché, perché, Signor,
ah, perché me ne rimuneri così?
I lived for art, I lived for love,
I never harmed a living soul!
With a discreet hand
I relieved all misfortunes I encountered.

Always with sincere faith
my prayer
rose to the holy tabernacles.
Always with sincere faith
I decorated the altars with flowers.

In this hour of grief,
why, why, Lord,
why do you reward me thus?

I donated jewels to the Madonna's mantle,
and offered songs to the stars and heaven,
which thus shone with more beauty.
In this hour of grief,
why, why, Lord,
ah, why do you reward me thus?

On a gloomy day, you just want to listen to music that will perk you up and not let the lack of sun ruin your day. I don't suffer from the slightest of seasonal affective disorder, so a little rain doesn't make me down. I was listening to bossa nova earlier, but I've now switched to opera. What can I say about opera? My dad introduced me to opera and over the years, I've slowly grown to admire the history and craft of opera. I'm absolutely in love with Puccini and his operas. Almost every morning, I will listen to my Opera According to Puccini playlist on Spotify.

As of now, my favorite opera is La Bohème. I have yet to see it live, but I'm determined to see it this Met Opera Season 2015-16. I'm slowly learning the story and libretto, so by the time I see it, I will know exactly what is going on. I'm also really drawn to Tosca, thanks to Niles Crane in Frasier. He had to name his favorite meal, aria and bottle of wine and he claims that Vissi d'arte is his favorite aria. The libretto is so moving, when I listen to the Italian, I now understand the pain and beauty. I'm really in love with opera and I'm looking forward to learning more about opera and meeting other opera aficionados.