Renee Fleming sings — and how

April 20, 2007

I know opera will always be a minority thing — but why, when people talk and think about singers, do they not talk and think about this one? More glamour than a dozen pop widgets; more talent a couple of (hundred) thousand of them.

American soprano Renee Fleming sings ‘Song to the Moon’ from Dvorak’s opera Rusalka. Glorious. Glorious.

Mesiku na nebi hlubokem
Svetlo tvé daleko vidi,
Po svete bloudis sirokém,
Divas se v pribytky lidi.

Mesicku, postuj chvili
Reckni mi, kde je muj mily
Rekni mu, stribmy mesicku,
Me ze jej objima rame,
Aby si alespon chvilicku
Vzpomenul ve sneni na mne
Zasvet mu do daleka
Rekni mu, rekni m kdo tu nan ceka!
mneli duse lidska sni

At’se tou vzpominkou vzbudi!
Mesicku, nezhasni, nezhasni!

Oh moon, in the velvet heavens
your light shines far
you roam throughout the whole world
gazing into human dwellings
Oh moon, stay for a while,
tell me where my beloved is!
Oh tell him, silver moon,
that my arms enfold him,
in the hope that for at least a moment
he will dream of me.
Shine on him, wherever he may be
and tell him of the one who awaits him here.
If a human soul should dream of me,
may he still remember me on wakening.
Oh moon, do not fade away.

(From more fossicking around YouTube. Quite addictive, that place.)


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