Wine and music: “Libiamo ne’ lieti calici” by Verdi

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“Libiamo ne’ lieti calici” (“Let’s drink from the joyful cups”) is a popular brindisi drinking song from Verdi’s La Traviata.

The song is for male tenors – here’s Pavarotti – though there is a recording of Maria Callas performing it.

“Ah! godiamo, la tazza, la tazza e il cantico,
la notte abbella e il riso;
in questo, in questo paradiso ne scopra il nuovo dì”

(“Let’s enjoy the wine and the singing,
the beautiful night, and the laughter.
Let the new day find us in this paradise”)

Sounds like my kind of night out – or in.

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