english opera


Look, another musical song in multilanguage! Fun fact: This is my favourite song from all musicals. Unfortunately, there is no Norwegian here :( But still, I enjoy this multilang version very much, and this is more diverse than the Do You Hear The People Sing video I shared before.

Unfortunately, I could not find translations for the other languages (some “translations” I found were inaccurate), so I need your help! If you are able to translate some parts of the song, please message me, and I will edit this post with the translations!

Night time sharpens, heightens each sensation
Darkness stirs and wakes imagination
Silently the senses abandon their defenses

Selymes, gyengéd, éjjel minden lágyabb
Slowly, gently night unfurls its splendor
érezd, kérdezd, sejti minden vágyad
Grasp it, sense it, tremulous and tender

Vänd dig bort från allt som om dagen lyser kallt
Turn your face away from the garish light of day
Vänd dig till en mörk och sällsam melodi
Turn your thoughts away from cold unfeeling light

夜の調べの中で (Yoru no shirabe no naka de)
And listen to the music of the night
目を閉じて すべての悩み (Me wo tojite subete no nayami)
Close your eyes and surrender to your darkest dreams
夢の中に捨てよ (Yume no naka ni sute yo)
Purge your thoughts of the life you knew before

Spanish (Mexico)
Sin mirar sublimando en esplendor
Close your eyes, let your spirit start to soar
y tu vida jamás será mejor
And you live as you’ve never lived before

Słodko, czule, pieści cię muzyka

Softly, deftly, music shall caress you
Wczuj się, wsłuchaj, pozwól się przenikać
hear it, feel it, secretly possess you

Open up your mind, let your fantasies unwind
In this darkness that you know you cannot fight

The darkness of the music of the night
Let your mind start a journey to a strange new world
Leave all thoughts of the life you knew before

German (Austrian)
Lass’ Dich treiben, lass’ alles hinter Dir
Let your soul take you where you long to be
denn erst dann wirst du ein Teil von Mir 
Only then can you belong to me

Floating, falling, sweet intoxication
Touch me, trust me, savor each sensation

Let the dream begin, let your darker side give in
To the power of the music that I write
The power of the music of the night

You alone can make my song take flight
Help me make the music of the night


For Black History Month: black principals in “Phantom of the Opera”

  1. Phantom: Robert Guillaume, Los Angeles (1990-91)
  2. Phantom: Norm Lewis, Broadway (2014-15)
  3. Carlotta: Patricia Phillips, Toronto & Broadway (1993, 2003-04, 2006, 2008-09)
  4. Carlotta: Angela M. Caesar, Restaged UK Tour (2012-13)
  5. Carlotta: Danielle White, Las Vegas (principal 2008, 2006-12)
  6. Christine: Lana English, Johannesburg and Pretoria (2004)
  7. Raoul: Jordan Donica, Broadway (2016-17)
  8. Piangi: Thabiso Masemene, World Tour (2011-16)
  9. Piangi: John Whitney, US Tour (2001, 2004-10)
  10. Piangi: Marcus Desando, World Tour (2004-05)
  11. Phantom: Derrick Davis, Restaged US Tour (2016-17)
  12. Phantom: Nicholas Nkuna, Johannesburg and Cape Town (2011-12)

(some comments: for many South Africans the term “coloured” is preferred if there’s different heritage involved, and Lana English would be considered coloured. But in the US and UK that is considered slur and usually avoided online. Just be aware of the distinction. Read more about that here.

Also, there’s been so many wonderful understudies that I did not get to list here, especially for the role of Carlotta, but also for Piangi, Meg Giry and Madame Giry. Only understudy on the list is Nicholas Nkuna, as he played the Phantom. The others are not forgotten, only left out because of Tumblr’s photo limit)

A love story of startling formal and psychological complexity, Abbas Kiarostami’s 2010 Certified Copy—the late master’s first dramatic feature made outside his native Iran—stars Juliette Binoche and English opera singer William Shimell as an antique dealer and a writer, who meet at a lecture and embark on an excursion to a quaint Tuscan village. What at first appears to be the tale of two strangers soon transforms into an inquiry on the elusiveness of authenticity in both art and life.

Head HERE to watch an interview from 2012 in which Kiarostami talks about the film’s philosophical concern with the concept of originality, the value it confers on the world around us, and the deceptive role it plays in our experience of falling in love.

Yosvani Ramos costumed as ‘Romeo’ for the Balcony Pas.  Mr. Ramos has danced with the Jeune Ballet de France, Paris Opera Ballet, English National Ballet, Australian Ballet, and Cincinnati Ballet.  Currently he is with the Colorado Ballet.


Reminder: Rory Kinnear makes his directorial debut with English National Opera and The Winter’s Tale this month.


Diana Damrau is too cute for words in this production.

Full opera with Eng/It subtitles, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro

La Scala 2006; Susanna: Diana Damrau, Figaro: Ildebrando D’Archangelo, Count: Pietro Spagnoli, Countess: Marcella Orsatti Talamanca, Cherubino: Monica Bacelli