Maria Callas - La Mamma Morta (Andrea Chénier)

Tu non sei sola!
Le lacrime tue io le raccolgo!
Io sto sul tuo cammino e ti sorreggo!
Sorridi e spera! Io son l’amore!
Tutto intorno è sangue e fango?
Io son divino! Io son l’oblio!
Io sono il dio che sovra il mondo
scendo da l’empireo, fa della terra
un ciel! Ah!
Io son l’amore, io son l’amor, l’amor
E l’angelo si accosta, bacia,
e vi bacia la morte!
Corpo di moribonda è il corpo mio.
Prendilo dunque.
Io son già morta cosa!

anyway, happy birthday Maria Callas

Maria Callas preforms “Ebben? ne andrò lontana” from Catalani’s Le Wally

It seems there are some strong opinions about Callas on the internet… Most of the comments on this “clip” argue over whether Callas was better/worse than than other singers, but most of it devolves into insanity: 

Elisabetha611: WOUW, … not bad for a colorless, shallow Mezzo!

Hammer55292: @Elisabetha611, Hey bastard, you’re still here!! Just like I suspected your hatred of Callas is the motivator!! I knew what you were about a year and a half ago, when I stumbled upon Callas’ sites, and read your bastard comments. You fucking punk, I hope somebody stabs your rich MOTHER while robbing her. If I could I would smash your face into pieces, you fuck-faced bastard.

Typical of most of the internet, but particularly YouTube. In light of all that, you can pretend she’s singing about The Internet

Là fra la neve bianca;          
Là fra le nubi d’ôr;            
Laddóve la speranza, la speranza
È rimpianto, è rimpianto, è dolor!

"La Mamma Morta" from the opera Andrea Chenier (Umberto Giordano) as preformed by Maria Callas.

Io sono l’amore, io sono l’amor, l’amor
E l’angelo si accosta, bacia,
e vi bacia la morte!
Corpo di moribonda è il corpo mio.
Prendilo dunque.
Io son già morta cosa!
I am love, love, love
And the angel approaches, kisses me,
and in that kiss is death!
The moribund body is my body.
So take it.
I have already died like that!

I highly recommend the movie Io Sono L’amore which takes its name from this aria. I watched it for a second time last night and noticed so much more that was going on with it. I think that this and Antichrist came a bit late in ‘09 to really be appreciated and wind up on “best of the decade” lists, but I think it deserves it.