La Donna è Mobile from The Rigoletto Opera

La Donna è Mobile from The Rigoletto Opera

The world wide famous aria La donna e mobile was written to the opera Rigoletto from 1851 by Giuseppe Verdi. It was performed for the first time in the “Gran Teatro La Fenice”, Venice (see top picture).

The aria, with a title meaning “the woman is flighty”, is the Duke of Mantua’s song at the beginning of act 3 in the opera. The irony is that it’s the duke, an insensitive playboy, who is the flighty one!

Giuseppe Verdi - Painted by Giovanni Boldini Giuseppe Verdi - Painted by Giovanni Boldini

The piece is known as a showcase for tenors. Raffaele Mirate’s performance of the song at the opera’s 1851 premiere, was hailed as the highlight of the evening. Before its first public performance in Venice, it was rehearsed under tight secrecy. It proved to be catchy, and soon after the grand opening, every gondolier in Venice was singing it.

Source: Wikipedia

Enrico Caruso – Recorded: 16.03.1908 – Electrical recreated: 03.12.1932

Translation
ItalianEnglish
La donna è mobile.
Qual piuma al vento,
muta d'accento
e di pensiero.
Woman is flighty.
Like a feather in the wind,
she changes in voice
and in thought.
Sempre un amabile,
leggiadro viso,
in pianto o in riso,
è menzognero.
Always a lovely,
pretty face,
in tears or in laughter,
it's untrue.
La donna è mobil'.
Qual piuma al vento,
muta d'accento
e di pensier'!
E di pensier'!
E di pensier'!
Woman is flighty.
like a feather in the wind,
she changes in voice
and in thought!
And in thought!
And in thought!
È sempre misero
chi a lei s'affida,
chi le confida
mal cauto il cuore!
Always miserable
is he who trusts her,
he who confides in her
his unwary heart!
Pur mai non sentesi
felice appieno
chi su quel seno
non liba amore!
Yet one never feels
fully happy
who from that bosom
does not drink love!
La donna è mobil'.
Qual piuma al vento,
muta d'accento
e di pensier'!
E di pensier'!
E di pensier'!
Woman is flighty.
Like a feather in the wind,
she changes her words,
and her thoughts!
And her thoughts!
And her thoughts!

Luciano Pavarotti