MOT Summer Serenade 2017
Translations by Austin Stewart

 

JULIETTE’S WALTZ
Roméo et Juliette
Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
Angela Theis, soprano

I want to live in a dream that thrills me!
I want to live this springtime day over and over again!
Sweet flame of youth, I will guard you in my soul like a treasure!

But the thrill of youth doesn’t last, alas,
And the hour comes when we cry, the heart surrenders to love
and happiness flees without ever coming back!

Let me sleep forever in the springtime of youth,
Far from the dreary winter of love,
And enjoy the rose’s scent before it withers from the frost.

 

CHAMPAGNE ENSEMBLE
Die Fledermaus
Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
Angela Theis, soprano; Olivia Johnson, mezzo soprano; Michael Day, tenor; Jeff Byrnes, baritone

 

LA DONNA È MOBILE
Rigoletto
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
Michael Day, tenor

A woman is a fickle thing,
She flits around like a feather in the breeze.
She is always beautiful,
She’s always alluring.

But whether frowning or smiling, she’s always deceiving.
Women flit around like a feather in the breeze
She is always changing what she says and thinks.

If you trust her, you’ll be miserable.
If you tell her your secrets, your heart will be broken.
But no man can be happy until he finds her at his side.

A woman is a fickle thing,
always changing what she says and thinks.

 

SEGUIDILLE
Carmen
Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
Olivia Johnson, mezzo soprano

Outside the walls of Seville
at the inn of Lillas Pastia
I’ll dance the seguidilla and drink Manzanilla
But I’ll be bored because you need two for pleasure,
So I’ll take my lover along to keep me amused

What lover, though?
I just threw one out yesterday
My heart was broken but it mends fast
My heart is as free as the air
I’ve got a dozen men on standby,
but they don’t appeal to me.

Here it is the weekend!
Who wants my love? I’ll give it to them!
Who wants my heart?
It’s yours for the taking
I’ve got no time to waste—
I need a new lover before this evening.

We’ll go outside the walls of Seville
To Lillas Pastia’s, and dance, and drink Manzanilla
But here I am, just singing to myself,
Thinking of a certain soldier who will go with me
He loves me, and as for me
I could fall in love with him in an instant

He’s not a captain, not even a lieutenant
Just a corporal—but enough for a gypsy like me
Come! Let’s go to Lillas Pastia’s, and dance,
and drink Manzanilla

 

HAI GIA VINTA LA CAUSA
Le Nozze di Figaro
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Recitative:
You’ve won the case! What do I hear?
What snare have I fallen into?

Miscreants! I want to. . .
To punish all of you to please myself.
The sentence will be. . .

But if he pays the old fraud?
Pay her! In what manner!

And then there’s Antonio, who refuses to give
that nothing Figaro his niece in marriage.
Cultivating his pride, the pride of an idiot.

It’s a profitable scam. . . but their fate is sealed.

Aria:
Will I see one of my servants happy while I’m miserable?
And the prize that I desire, will he also have that?
Will the hand I love be united to this vile man?
The same woman who awakened love in me,
But did not have love for me?

No, forget it—I don’t want their happiness.
You were not born, cheeky boy,
To torment me, nor to laugh at my unhappiness.
My only hope now is to have vengeance.

It consoles my spirit, and makes me rejoice.

 

SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME
Oh, Kay!
George Gershwin (1898-1937)
Olivia Johnson, mezzo soprano

 

IF I CAN’T LOVE HER
Beauty and the Beast
Alan Menken (b. 1949)
Jeff Byrnes, baritone

 

QUANDO M’EN VO’
La Bohème
Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
Angela Theis, soprano

Whenever I stroll down the street
People stop and stare
They’re enraptured by my beauty,
a beauty that runs from head to toe

I savor the desire that burns in their eyes
Clearly, they too want to enjoy my hidden charms
They feel a wave of passionate desire
How happy their glances make me!

You who know and remember me . . . You’ll suffer.
For how can you escape my charms?
You try not to show your anguish,
But it’s killing you.

 

RIGOLETTO QUARTET
Rigoletto
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
All, featuring Michael Day, tenor

Duke:
Beautiful girl, made for love,
I’m a prisoner to your charms.
Just one sweet word from you
Will make my pain go away
Just feel how wildly my heart races
Come, make my pain disappear with a single word

Maddalena:
You make me laugh. Talk is cheap,
And I see through your little game
Foolish jokes like these don’t work on me.

Gilda:
Father, he said the same things to me
He lied to me, too
Wretched, betrayed heart:
Do not break from sorrow!

Rigoletto:
Stop! Tears are useless
Now you know how he lies,
How he is
Leave it to me to arrange our revenge
It will be quick; it will be final

 

Intermission

 

ITALIAN STREET SONG
Naughty Marietta
Victor Herbert (1859-1924)
All, featuring Angela Theis, soprano

 

MARIA
West Side Story
Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
Michael Day

 


LAKMÉ DUET
Lakmé
Léo Delibes (1836-1891)
Olivia Johnson, mezzo soprano; and Angela Theis, soprano

Under a thick dome of white jasmine,
With roses entwined together,
Let us descend together to the river
Strewn with flowers and sounding with laughter.

Flowers float on its shimmering waves,
Over the river’s current
One hand reaches for the bank,
Where spring sleeps and the bird sings.

Under the thick dome where the white jasmine
Ah! calling us together!

 

STARS
Les Misérables
Claude-Michel Schönberg (b. 1944)
Jeff Byrnes, baritone

 

CAN’T HELP LOVIN’ DAT MAN
Showboat
Jerome Kern (1885-1945)
Olivia Johnson

 

I COULD HAVE DANCED ALL NIGHT
My Fair Lady
Frederick Loewe (1901-1988)
Angela Theis, soprano

 

SING TO LOVE
Die Fledermaus
Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
All, featuring Jeff Byrnes, baritone

 

CHAMPAGNE ENSEMBLE REPRISE
Die Fledermaus
Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
All, Feat. Olivia Johnson