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"
"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!
Who will ever be able again
To describe the light caress
Of a kiss so burning?
Oh! My dream!
Oh! My life!