With, Don Shabkie, Pianist perform “Vissi d’arte” from Giacomo Puccini’s (1858-1924) opera Tosca during pt 4 of 4, of concert series titled, “Lovers in all Predicaments.” At the Bishopville Opera House, SC, USA. Produced by Lee County Arts Council and Anima Productions. Recorded by Zack Meddlin, and Edited by Jeff Mahaffey.
TEXT: Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore. Non feci mai male ad anima viva! Con man furtive quante miserie conobbi, aiutai… Sempre con fe sincera la mia pregiera ai santi tabernacoli Sali. Sempre con fe sincera, diedi fiori agl’altar. Nell’ora del dolore perche, perche signore, perche me ne rimuneri cosi? Diedi gioielli della Madonna al manto, e diedi il canto agli astir al ciel che ne ridean piu belli, nell’ora del dolor. Perch, perche signor! AH! Perche me ne rimuneri cosi? Mi vuoi supplice ai tuoi piedi!
TRANSLATION: Love for beauty, love for compassion, art its true inspiration. Sweet consolation I brought to those who are poor and unhappy. Always with deep emotion, my true devotion, I poured out to the glory of the Lord. I brought with deep devotion flowers to adorn his house. Despairing of tomorrow, my head is bowed in sorrow. Oh, why my Lord do you abandon me in my hour of need? My worldly treasure I gladly laid on your alter; I’d never falter in singing of his greatness without measure. In my hour of misery why are you not here? My Lord, tell me why?! Lord, why do you withdraw from me? On my knees I beg for mercy…..