Thought I’d class things up a bit this week with a duet from La Traviata. When I was an undergrad at LSU I worked on costumes for the Baton Rouge Opera company. One of the first shows I worked on was La Traviata and it holds a sweet spot in my heart. This song, which is all about how love  improves with drinking, always make was want to sway and sing along .  If you know how La Traviata ends, you can pick up the foreshadowing in the lyrics about how love is fleeting and flowers die (see the lyrics pasted below). But still, it’s nice to see the leads Alfredo and Violetta have a little fun together in Act I.

I totally dig this party scene and I laughed aloud at the lady at 1:35 who eats a whole plum just as Violetta comes by to toast her. Enjoy!

THE DRINKING SONG

Alfredo:

Let us drink from the goblets of joy
adorned with beauty,
and the fleeting hour shall be adorned
with pleasure.
Let us drink to the secret raptures
which love excites,
for this eye reigns supreme in my heart…
Let us drink, for with wine
love will enjoy yet more passionate kisses.

Violetta:

With you I can spend
the time with delight.
In life everything is folly
which does not bring pleasure.
Let us be happy, fleeting and rapid
is the delight of love;
it is a flower which blooms and dies,
which can no longer be enjoyed.
Let us be happy, fervent
and enticing words summon us.

Chorus:

(Be happy … wine and song
and laughter beautify the night;
let the new day find us in this paradise.)

Life is nothing but pleasure,
as long as one is not in love.
Don’t say that to one who is ignorant.
That is my fate …

Be happy … wine and song
and laughter beautify the night;
let the new day find us in this paradise.

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