Mattinata (Leoncavallo)

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Mattinata (Italian pronunciation: [mattiˈnaːta]; English: "Morning") was the first song ever written expressly for the Gramophone Company (the present day EMI). Composed by Ruggero Leoncavallo in 1904, this song was dedicated to Enrico Caruso, who was the first to record it in 1904 with the composer at the piano. Ever since, this piece has become a concert favourite of tenors.

More than a half-century later this song was recorded by Italian-born tenor Sergio Franchi on his American-debut album, Romantic Italian Songs (RCA Victor Red Seal, 1962).[1] In only three months, Franchi's album of mostly Neapolitan favorites songs placed number seventeen on the Billboard Top 200.[2] Thirty-six years later (eight years after Franchi's death) the same album placed number one hundred sixty-seven on the Billboard 200.[3]



L'aurora di bianco vestita
Già l'uscio dischiude al gran sol;
Di già con le rosee sue dita
Carezza de' fiori lo stuol!
Commosso da un fremito arcano
Intorno il creato già par;
E tu non ti desti, ed invano
Mi sto qui dolente a cantar.

Metti anche tu la veste bianca
E schiudi l'uscio al tuo cantor!
Ove non sei la luce manca;
Ove tu sei nasce l'amor.

Ove non sei la luce manca;
Ove tu sei nasce l'amor.

English translation

The dawn, dressed in white,
has already opened the door to the sun,
and caresses the flowers with its pink fingers.
A mysterious trembling seems to disturb all nature.
And yet you will not get up, and vainly
I stand here sadly singing.

Dress yourself also in white,
and open the door to your serenader!
Where you are not, there is no light;
where you are, love is born.

Where you are not, there is no light;
where you are, love is born.

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Recordings (Youtube)[edit]

  1. Giuseppe di Stefano on YouTube
  2. Jussi Björling on YouTube
  3. Enrico Caruso on YouTube
  4. Beniamino Gigli on YouTube
  5. Giovanni Martinelli on YouTube
  6. Jan Peerce on YouTube
  7. Mario Lanza on YouTube
  8. Alfredo Kraus on YouTube
  9. Plácido Domingo on YouTube
  10. Luciano Pavarotti on YouTube
  11. José Carreras on YouTube
  12. Joan Sutherland on YouTube
  13. Mario del Monaco on YouTube
  14. Jovanotti & Pavarotti on YouTube
  15. Tito Beltrán on YouTube
  16. Il Volo on YouTube
  17. Sergio Franchi on YouTube