Saturday, August 6, 2016

Opera of the Day ...

"Ombra mai fu" is the opening aria from the 1738 opera Serse by George Frideric Handel.
Also some nice versions with singing:
This is a song from an opera about Xerxes, the most powerful ruler in the world, as he looks at the shade from his beloved plane tree. It is a song of relaxation and contentment. It is a love song to a tree, to its welcoming shade.
Here is a translation of the lyrics:
Tender and beautiful fronds
of my beloved plane tree,
let Fate smile upon you.
May thunder, lightning, and storms
never disturb your dear peace,
nor may you by blowing winds be profaned.
Never was a shade
of any plant
dearer and more lovely,
or more sweet.
The opera was a commercial failure, lasting only five performances in London after its premiere.
But this song is immortal.



  1. EA! I am finally able to post. for some odd reason, there was no way for me to make comments. not sure why it is working today. I have been here and appreciate great jokes and always adore this opera as you already know. wishing you well and wonderful weekend too.

  2. Z!!!! So happy to hear from you! Glad you are back!! Sending my best wishes to you!