This song became famous in “The Fifth Element” as a performance by Diva Plagalaguna. However, the beautiful aria “Il dolce suono” opens the famous “mad scene” from Donizetti’s opera “Lucia di Lammermoor”. Lucia’s Mad Scene is one of opera’s most popular arias, and for a good reason: is there a more true depiction of human madness in music (see lyrics below)? Albanian soprano Inva Mula performs this haunting rendition.
The sweet sound, hits me, his voice!
Ah, that voice into my heart decends!
Edgardo, I surrender to you
A chill creeps into my breast!
trembles every fiber!
falters my foot!
Near the fountain next to me sit a while!
Alas! arises a tremendous phantom and separates us!
Here let us take refuge, by the foot of the alter.
Strewn is it with roses!
A harmony celestial, do you not hear?
Ah, the marrige hymn plays!
The ceremony for us draws near! Happiness!
Oh, joy that one feels and does not speak of!
The incense burns!
Brilliant the sacred torches, shining all around!
Here is the minister!
Give me your right hand!
Oh, joyous day!
At last, I am your, at last you are mine,
to me you have been given by God.
Every pleasure is more grateful,
(it is) to me, with you, more sweet
From peaceful heaven a smile
life to us will be.
“To be, or not to be, that is the question: whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them? To die, to sleep. No more; and by a sleep to say we end the heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks. That flesh is heir to: ’tis a consummation. Devoutly to be wished… ” ~ The Poet. Aren’t we all slightly mad??