Friday, October 12, 2012

Luciano Pavarotti - Una Furtiva Lagrima - Donizetti

Una furtiva lagrima (A Furtive Tear) is the romanza taken from Act II, Scene VIII of the Italian opera, L'elisir d'amore by Gaetano Donizetti. It is sung by Nemorino (tenor) when he finds that the love potion he bought to win the heart of his dream lady, Adina, has worked.

Nemorino is in love with Adina, but she isn't interested in a relationship with an innocent, rustic man. To win her heart, Nemorino buys a “love potion” with all the money he has in his pocket. The “love potion” is actually a cheap red wine sold by a traveling con man. But when he sees Adina weeping, he knows that she has fallen in love with him and is sure that the “Elixir” works. -- Wikipedia

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 “If you know why you fall in love, you aren't in love.” -- Luciano Pavarotti