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Un Bel Di, Vedremo Lyrics

Soundtrack: Woody Woodpecker Goes to Camp

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Un Bel Di, Vedremo Song Lyrics

Un bel d vedremo
Levarsi un fil di fumo sull'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?
Chiamera 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
Olezzo di verbena
I nomi che mi dava al suo venire
Tutto questo avverá, te lo prometto
Tienti la tua paura
Io con sicura fede lo aspetto

April, 29th 2024

Song Facts:

  • Genre: Opera

  • Composer: Giacomo Puccini

  • Librettists: Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa

  • Featured in: "Woody Woodpecker Goes to Camp"

Artist Info:

"Un Bel Dì, Vedremo" is one of the famous arias from the opera "Madama Butterfly" by Giacomo Puccini, one of the greatest of opera history. He was known to depict an emotional intensity and vivacity of melodic line, coupled with the massiveness of dramatic action. Premiered in 1904, "Madama Butterfly" is a tragic piece about a young Japanese geisha who is deserted and doomed by her marriage to an American naval officer. Such a power to weave such complex emotional narratives with the aid of beautiful music is what has made Puccini's operas an enduringly popular favorite around the world.

Annotations and Meaning:

The aria "Un bel dì, vedremo" ("One fine day") is a monologue of long and hopeful loneliness for a return of the loved one gone away, which Cio-Cio San, the main heroine, says. This is one of the most touching moments of the opera; within the aria lies a combination of mad optimism and heartbreaking vulnerability characterizing Butterfly. The text recounts the glorious day-dream of Butterfly's observation of a trail of smoke at the horizon, and this foreshadowed despair intensifies the point of view of the audience.
She could imagine exactly how it would be: the ship coming into harbor, her husband up the hill to the house with his hand on the railing as he always did, calling to her as affectionately as he used to in the old days when they were on the best of terms, and every detail was there to the life and as impossible as they were. The refusal by the butterfly to meet him at the port but to go and wait at home, playing a little hide-and-seek game, is playful and tragic, an insidious hint at her inner turmoil and fright: "a little out of jest, and a little out of not dying at the first meeting." This is how happiness from his return and the dread of possible heartbreak are mixed in her feelings that she describes in the line that brilliantly reflects the themes of the opera—love, expectation, and disillusionment.
Ultimately, "Un Bel Dì, Vedremo" represents the powerful hope against all chances, filled both with utter sadness and touching faith in love and reunion. It is one of the best arias in opera, thorough performance, and admiration for the depth of feelings and beauty of melody.

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