Saturday, September 8, 2007

Pavarotti - Nessun Dorma

I grew up listening to Luciano Pavarotti who died this week also. My Father had tapes and video of him playing pretty regularly. I've seen the "Three Tenors" multiple times. While I can't say I am a fan of opera, Pavarotti's voice has always been delightful to listent to. Here is my favorite song sung by Pavarotti, his signature- "Nessun Dorma".

"Nessun Dorma" means "no one will sleep" and is a song from the final act of Puccini's opera, "Turandot".

The Prince:

No one shall sleep! ... No one shall sleep!
Even you, O Princess, in your cold room, watch the stars, that tremble with love and with hope.

But my secret is hidden within me, my name no one shall know ...

No! ... No!... On your mouth I will tell it when the light shines.

And my kiss will dissolve the silence that makes you mine! ...

The Chorus of women:

No one will know his name and we must, alas, die.
The Prince:

Vanish, O night! Set, stars! Set, stars!
At dawn, I will win!
I will win! I will win!

3 comments:

William said...

I miss him already. Even though I am Scottish, I appreciate Opera. I periodically have Enrico Caruso on my CD player. Great performance by a great voice who will be missed.

Frontier Forest said...

Good example of why we need to take better care of these, always aging temples! I pledged to my wife, and to the Lord, that I would take better care of myself . I lost 12 pounds on my mission trip and hope to loose another 10. So proud of Pastor’s Tony and Nathan! Don’t know what kind of diet you all have been on, but really noticed the weight loss last Friday afternoon. Then look at Elder Joel Thomas! Wow he has stripped off 30 pounds! Maybe something in the new sanctuary?
As Far as Pavarotti’s music, too much class for me! Give me the soothing praise music of Cynthia Clawson , Dallas Holm, or Kathy Troccoli .

Rick Calohan said...

Luciano Pavarotti, was truly a magnificent voice to listen to, the last opera I attended was when I attended the performance of Salome, Strauss, in 2002 at the Lyric http://kc-opera.org/index.html

The beauty of Opera is that regardless of what language you can feel the passion that springs forth from every performance. Even if you don’t look up at the signboard you can after 2 hours sense the emotions that were transpired. I think the most endearing performance I saw of Pavarotti with Vanessa Williams when they were on Saturday Night Live in December 1998, and they sang Adeste Fideles or for us Reformers, O Come All Ye Faithful.

Despite the loss of both Dr. Kennedy and Pavarotti this week we were able to see this weekend the Yankees sweeping the Royals and to see all four of A-Rod’s homeruns. That to me is Grace, baseball speaking of course.