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    Sheryl Crow and Pavarotti - "la ci darem la mano" Listen to the video and discuss the the scene, the lyrics, the meaning and the story behind it.

    Sheryl Crow and Luciano Pavorotti


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    For the student,
    Thanks once again for coming back to try our service some more. This was one of my favorite operas of study when I was taking an Opera Seminar course. We had to watch (on video and some live performances) of Mozart's operas because that was what Mozart was famous for during his lifetime aside from his piano and symphonic compositions. This aria came from one of his Italian operas, "Don Giovanni".

    You definitely should watch the following video of this aria all sung in English by two professional opera singers. Here's the direct URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UBDOtkrKok

    (You may copy and paste the above URL.) I'm certain that after you watch this video in comparison to the Sheryl Crow and Pavarotti version, you will know how to answer the posted question you submitted us.

    As for a direct verbal translation, here's the URL you should consult:

    (But I have also copied and pasted the entire translation of the song via the attached document.)

    Here are more facts about this Italian aria in duet form
    Là ci darem la mano - No. 7, Duettino
    from Act I, Scene III of the Italian opera, Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Libretto : Lorenzo da Ponte

    Ensemble type : duet
    Performed by : Don Giovanni (a profligate nobleman) and Zerlina (a peasant girl, Masetto's fiancee)
    Voice Parts : baritone, soprano Fachs : Don Giovanni - dramatic or lyric baritone, Zerlina - soubrette
    Synopsis : Don Giovanni attempts to seduce the peasant girl Zerlina. Zerlina almost capitulates but is prevented from going off with him by Donna Elvira, who has already fallen to the wiles of Giovanni.
    Sound file : MIDI file and zip format sequenced by Jonathan Ward.
    Translation and/or Aria Text : Libretto entered by Robert Glaubitz.
    Recordings : Complete Opera
    Where to Find It : Score of opera - Classical Vocal Reprints, 1-800-298-7474. Catalog #50098 (Ricordi).

    Therefore, to apply these info for answering your posted question, the role that Pavarotti was requested to sing from was Don Giovanni while Sheryl Crow's role was Zerlina.

    In addition, here're more in-depths synopsis of this particular aria uncovered from one of the search engines but for reference only (for the student to read through)~


    Luigi Bassi in the title role of Don Giovanni in 1787Don Giovanni, a young, arrogant, sexually prolific nobleman, abuses and outrages everyone else in the cast, until he encounters something he cannot kill, beat up, dodge, or outwit.

    [edit] Act 1
    The garden of the Commendatore

    Leporello, Don Giovanni's servant, is keeping watch outside Donna Anna's house. Don Giovanni has crept into the house in order to seduce Donna Anna. (Leporello aria: "Notte e giorno faticar - I work night and day"). Donna Anna appears, chasing Don Giovanni, who is masked. She wishes to know who he is and she cries for help. (Trio: "Non sperar, se non m'uccidi - I won't let you go, unless you kill me"). The Commendatore, Anna's father, appears and challenges Giovanni to a duel while Donna Anna flees for help. Giovanni stabs the Commendatore, kills him, and escapes unrecognized with Leporello. Anna, upon returning with her fiancé, Don Ottavio, is horrified to see her dead father lying in a pool of blood. Together, she and Don Ottavio swear vengeance against the unknown murderer. (Duet: "Ah, vendicar, se il puoi, giura quel sangue ognor! - Ah, swear to avenge this blood!").

    A public square outside Don Giovanni's palace

    Giovanni and Leporello arrive and hear a woman (Donna Elvira) speaking of having been recently spurned and calling for revenge (Elvira's aria: "Ah, chi mi dice mai - Ah, who could tell me"). Giovanni starts to flirt with her, but as she turns to look at him, he recognizes her as a recent conquest. At this, he shoves Leporello forward, ordering him to tell Elvira the truth, and then hurries away.

    Leporello endeavours to console Elvira and unrolls a list of Don Giovanni's lovers. Comically, he rattles off their number and their country of origin: 640 in Italy, 231 in Germany, 100 in France, 91 in Turkey, and 1,003 in Spain. (Leporello aria: "Madamina, il catalogo è questo - My little lady, this is the catalogue"). In a frequently cut recitative, Elvira vows vengeance.

    When she leaves, a marriage procession with Masetto and Zerlina enters. Don Giovanni and Leporello arrive soon after. Giovanni is immediately attracted to Zerlina, and he attempts to remove the jealous Masetto by offering to host a wedding celebration at his castle. On realizing that Giovanni means to remain behind with Zerlina, Masetto becomes angry (Masetto aria: "Ho capito! Signor, sì - I understand! Yes, my lord!"). Don Giovanni and Zerlina are soon alone and he immediately begins his seductive arts. (Duet: "Là ci darem la mano - There we will entwine our hands").

    Elvira arrives and thwarts the seduction (Elvira's aria: "Ah, fuggi il traditor - Flee from the traitor!"). Ottavio and Anna enter, plotting vengeance on the still unknown murderer of Anna's father. Anna, unaware that she is speaking to her attacker, pleads for Giovanni's help. Giovanni, relieved that he is unrecognised, readily promises it, and asks who has disturbed her peace. Before she can answer, Elvira returns and tells Anna and Ottavio that Giovanni is a false-hearted seducer. Giovanni tries to convince Ottavio and Anna that Elvira is insane. (Quartet: "Non ti fidar, o misera - Don't trust him, oh sad one"). As Giovanni leaves, Anna suddenly recognizes him as her father's murderer. (Anna aria: "Or sai chi l'onore - He is the one who tried to rob me of my honour"). Ottavio, not convinced, resolves to keep an eye on his friend. (Ottavio aria: "Dalla sua pace - On her peace.")

    Leporello informs Giovanni that all the guests of the peasant wedding are in Giovanni's house, that he distracted Masetto from his jealousy, but that Zerlina, returning with Elvira, had spoiled everything. However, Don Giovanni remains cheerful and tells Leporello to organize a party. (Giovanni's "Champagne Aria": "Fin ch'han dal vino - Finally, with the wine."). He hurries off to his palace.

    Zerlina follows the jealous Masetto and tries to pacify him. (Zerlina's aria: "Batti, batti o bel Masetto - Beat me, oh lovely Masetto"), but just as she manages to persuade him of her innocence, Don Giovanni's voice from offstage startles her, making her want to flee. Masetto's trust evaporating in an instant, the jealous groom hides, resolving to see for himself what Zerlina will do when Giovanni arrives. Zerlina tries to hide from Don Giovanni, but he finds her and attempts to continue the seduction, until he stumbles upon Masetto's hiding place. Confused but quickly recovering, Giovanni reproaches Masetto for leaving Zerlina alone, and returns her temporarily to him. Giovanni then leads both to his ballroom, which has been lavishly decorated. Leporello invites three masked guests to the party (the disguised Elvira, Ottavio, and Anna) who plan to catch Giovanni red-handed, if possible.

    Finale: Ballroom

    As the merriment, featuring three separate chamber orchestras on stage, proceeds, Leporello distracts Masetto by dancing with him, while Don Giovanni leads Zerlina offstage to a private room. When Zerlina screams for help, Don Giovanni tries to fool the onlookers by dragging his servant into the room with drawn sword and accusing him of seducing Zerlina. Elvira, Ottavio and Anna unmask, claiming that they know all. The guests side with them and attack Don Giovanni, but he fights his way through the crowd and escapes.

    Since this particular aria appears in Act I of Mozart's "Don Giovanni", the TA strongly suggests the student to check out the video from the student's university library's recordings collection.

    The TA has completed all sections of the posted question the student submitted to Brainmass.Com before the student's original deadline. All aspects and areas of the posted question have been fully addressed and documented wherever necessary. There's an attached document for more information due to formatting purposes of the lyrics and necessary translation that the TA located for the student's convenience.

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