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Three Great Arias and Their Translations
27 Oct 2012
About Classical Music

"Es gibt ein Reich" - Ariadne's Aria from Strauss' Opera, Ariadne auf Naxos
Sung by Ariadne after her lover Theseus leaves her, we learn that the "not-so-dramatic" diva soprano would rather spend her life in a dark cave, alone, waiting for death to take her to Sheol.  Watch a YouTube video of Renee Fleming singing this famous aria.

Bell Song Lyrics and English Translation - Lakme's Aria from Delibes' Opera, Lakme
This aria is instantly recognizable, and one of my favorites!  Delibes' Bell Song is a beautiful bel canto aria. Though it has always been well known, it was the great sopranos like Dame Joan Sutherland, Natalie Dessay, and Angela Gheorghiu that made this aria shine.  Watch a YouTube video of Angela Gheorghiu singing the Bell Song.

"Mi chiamano Mimi" Lyrics and Text Translation - Mimi's Aria from Puccini's Opera, La Boheme
Last, but not least, is the lovely and sweet aria sung by Mimi in Puccini's opera, La Boheme. Here, Mimi humbly sings about her life in response to a question asked by her love.  Watch a YouTube video of Natalie Dessay singing this sweet song.

Three Great Arias and Their Translations originally appeared on About.com Classical Music on Saturday, October 27th, 2012 at 20:38:56.

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