Thursday, February 26, 2009

Being Leontyne Price



When I was at the University of Michigan studying music, I met this amazing opera singer, hearld as one of the greats of all time, backstage at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She looked at me and with the warmest Mississippi southern accent said:

"You must be a singer"
"Yes, ma'am."
"Well, jump on in. The water's fine."

Leontyne Price sings this aria rather effortlessly, but it quite the difficult piece. Here is the passionate translation.

"Chi il bel sogno di Doretta"

Doretta's beautiful dream
Who could guess the beautiful dream Doretta had?
Why her mystery came to an end

One day a student kissed her on the mouth
And that kiss was the revelation:
It was the passion!
Mad love!
Mad happiness!
Who will ever be able again
To describe the light caress
Of a kiss so burning?

Oh! My dream!

Oh! My life!

4 comments:

Brosreview said...

It is indeed a beautiful dream. Hang on, so the song you sent me. Was that sung by you?

judith ellis said...

I love this piece; it is one that I sang often, though my voice is perhaps a bit fuller and the quality somewhat darker. Leontyne Price is one of my very favorite singers; her techinque is flawless and her voice is rich and beautiful. Yes, Ajey, the song that I sent you was sung by me.

Brosreview said...

(Claps) WOW!!! You are super-talented Judith. Such a soulful voice!!! If you had mentioned it before, I would have complemented you endlessly. Any more recordings? Please e-mail them to me, if you don't mind. Cheers!!!

judith ellis said...

Thank you, Brosreview. The "claps" are nice. :-) I have more recordings and perhaps I will send them to you. Just wondered what you thought of it without telling you who was singing. I know you like music and words.