Many consider this great work the finest opera ever written. The music is undeniably sublime; the libretto dark but humorous. How much richer the experience is in this very entertaining and stirring new English performing translation.
"My dear lady, I have something to show you,
for I‘m certain that you must have wondered.
It’s a list of the women he’s plundered!
I’m afraid it confirms your worst fears.
You will see you’ve been wasting your tears!
Italians, six hundred and eleven;
then in France there were five hundred seven;
in the Rhineland just over two hundred, and...
here in Spain, he’s now up to one thousand and two!
A thousand two--including you!
Ev’ry country, ev’ry city,
he has ravaged without pity.
Be they royalty or gentry,
he will try to force an entry.
Any type or any station--
he has bedded half the nation!"