Vesti la giubba from Leoncavallo’s – ·I Plagliacci
Tenor Franco Tenelli sing’s Canio’s aria
Premiere in Milano on May 21th,
1892 conducted by A.Toscanini with a
Fiorello Giraud as first Canio.
It is intresting of how libretto of “I Pagliacci”
Leoncavallo’s father was a Judge at the Court and he had to judge a case where an actor had killed his wife on the stage.
Vesti la giubba e
(put on your costume)
la faccia infarina.
(and powder your face)
La gente paga e rider vuole qua.
(The public pays and wishes to laugh)
E se Arlecchin t’invo la Columbina,
(And if Harlequin steals your Colombina)
ridi, Pagliaccio e ognun t’applaudira!
(laugh, Clown, and everybody will applaud you)
Tramuta in lazzi lo spasmo ed il pianto;
(Change the spazms and the tears in jeers)
in una smorfia il singhiozzo e ‘l dolor.
(in a grimace change the sob and the pain)
Ridi Pagliaccio, sul tuo amore infranto!
(Laugh, Clown, over your broken love)
Ridi del duol che t’avvelena il cor!
(Laugh of the pain that poisons your heart)