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La Bohème

Don Giovanni

Gianni Schicchi

Madame Butterfly

The Marriage of

I Pagliacci
Don Giovanni
by W. A. Mozart
Many consider this great work the finest opera ever written.  The
music is undeniably sublime; the libretto dark but humorous.  How
much richer the experience is in this very entertaining and stirring
new English translation.
Act I, #4   Leporello:  "Madamina, ..."
My dear lady, I have something to show you,
for I‘m certain that you must have wondered.
It’s a list of the women he’s plundered!
I’m afraid it confirms your worst fears.
You will see you’ve been wasting your tears!

Italians, six hundred and eleven;
then in France there were five hundred seven;
in the Rhineland just over two hundred,
and…here in Spain, he’s now up to one thousand and two!
A thousand two--including you!
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