Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Ombra mai fu and Voi Che Sapete

Any opera lover who has ever seen the 1995 BBC mini-series of Pride and Prejudice probably already knows what I'm about to say...
Did anyone ever happen to notice that Mary's astonishingly horrible singing at the Netherfield Ball happened to be "Ombra mai fu" translated very poorly into English? And that song that Lizzy sings at Pemberly is "Voi che sapete"? I sat hear listening to "Ombra mai fu" and suddenly the image of Mary singing "SluUUuuUuuUmber deeear maaAAaaaid..." and I almost started to cry. I can hardly listen to either aria without cracking up now, it's truly terrible. hahaha
Am I the only person who notices this? I doubt it, but I feel very foolish after all the years of been watching Pride and Prejudice and I never noticed it! I noticed "Voi che sapete" immediately, but "Ombra mai fu" just never caught on.


Anonymous said...

You are not the only one! I was just listening to ombra mai fu and realized it was the same song as Mary sings :).

Dana Nelson said...

I hadn't realized what song Mary was singing until today! I wonder why the lyrics differ so much??