Puccini: Madama Butterfly, Act 2 Scene 1: "Un bel di vedremo" (Butterfly)

Tullio Serafin, Philharmonia Orchestra, Maria Callas

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Maria Callas

Maria Callas, Commendatore OMRI (; Greek: Μαρία Κάλλας; December 2, 1923 – September 16, 1977) was an American-born Greek soprano. She was one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. Many critics praised her bel canto technique, wide-ranging voice and dramatic interpretations. Her repertoire ranged from classical opera seria to the bel canto operas of Donizetti, Bellini and Rossini and further, to the works of Verdi and Puccini; and, in her early career, to the music dramas of Wagner. Her musical and dramatic talents led to her being hailed as La Divina. Born in New York City to Greek immigrant parents, she was raised by an overbearing mother who had wanted a son. Maria received her musical education in Greece at age 13 and lat… more »

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Un bel dì, vedremo
Levarsi un fil di fumo
Dall'estremo confin del mare
E poi la nave appare
Poi la nave bianca
Entra nel porto
Romba il suo saluto
Vedi? È venuto

Io non gli scendo incontro, io no
Mi metto là sul ciglio del colle e aspetto
E aspetto gran tempo
E non mi pesa
La lunga attesa
E uscito dalla folla cittadina
Un uomo, un picciol punto
S'avvia per la collina

Chi sarà? Chi sarà?
E come sarà giunto
Che dirà? Che dirà?
Chiamerà Butterfly dalla lontana
Io senza dar risposta 
Me ne starò nascosta
Un po' per celia
E un po' per non morire

Al primo incontro
Ed egli alquanto in pena chiamerà, chiamerà
Piccina mogliettina, olezzo di Verbena
I nomi che mi dava al suo venire
Tutto questo avverrà, te lo prometto
Tienti la tua paura
Io con sicura fede l'aspetto

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Written by: GIacomo Puccini


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