Vesti la Giubba (To Do the costume) is a famous tenor aria performed in the opera I Pagliacci, written and composed by Leoncavallo, and first performed in 1892. Vesti la Giubba is the end of the first Act, when Canio discovers that his wife is unfaithful. Nevertheless, he must gear up for his performance as Pagliaccio the clown, because the ' show must go on '.


Italian English

Recitar! While preso dal delirio, non so più quel che dico, e quel che faccio! Eppur è d'uopo, sforzati! Yuck! sei tu hefty un uom? Tu se ' Pagliaccio!

Vesti la giubba, e la faccia infarina. La gente paga, e vuole rider in terms of. E se Arlecchin t'invola Colombina, ridi, Pagliaccio, e ognun applaudirà! Tramuta in il pianto lazzi lo spasmo ed in una smorfia il singhiozzo e ' l dolor, Ah!

Ridi, Pagliaccio, sul tuo amore infranto! Ridi del duol, che t'avvelena il cor!

Acting! While I'm outside of my sentences, I don't remember what I say, or what I do! And yet it is necessary ... to do the job. Yuck! Are you not a man? You are Pagliaccio!

Do your costume, powder your face. The people pay to be here and they want to laugh. And if Harlequin shall steal your Colombina, then laugh, Pagliaccio, so the crowd will cheer! Put your distress and tears in humor, your pain and tubs in funny faces-Ah!

Laugh, Pagliaccio, with your broken love! Laugh with the concerns that poison your heart!


"Vesti la Giubba", performed by tenor Mario Lanza in 1959 shortly before his death at 38 years of age. [1]

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