Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Speaking Truth to Power - Amonasro

The story of Aida is told from the perspective of the Egyptians. Their territory has been invaded by their traditional enemy the Ethopians led by a guerriero indomable, an unconquerable warrior, Amonasro. Nevertheless, the Egyptians win the day, Amonasro is captured and brought before the Egyptian king.

At 2:20 begin the lines I'm talking about, the culmination of his address to the king.

Ma tu, Re, tu signore possente,
A costoro ti volgi clemente;
Oggi noi siam percossi dal fato,
Ma doman voi potria il fato colpir.

But you, O King, are a mighty lord.
Look with mercy on these captives.
Today we are laid low by fate:
tomorrow, such might be your lot.


  1. Nobody tunes into you blog for bullshit Hollywood wannabes.

    In fact, nobody tunes into your blog for Hollywood actuals.

    Stick to what you know, MikeB.

    That is, stick to not knowing squat about firearms or firearms laws.

    Glad I could help.

  2. kaveman, Thanks for the good laugh. That's not a Hollywood wannabe, by the way, that's a very talented opera singer. I'm just trying to help you guys out because, you know the old expression, "music can take even the wild beast."