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Classical Notes: August 27, 2007 Archive

Bellini, with a bullet

Posted at 1:11 PM on August 27, 2007 by John Birge
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When I saw this stunning television spot, I couldn't figure out why they used the aria "Casta Diva" from Vincenzo Bellini's opera Norma. Then I went back to the libretto, and it suddenly made sense:

spargi in terra quella pace
che regnar tu fai nel ciel...

Scatter on the earth the peace
Thou make reign in the sky...