LifestylePersona June, 17th 2013 by

La Barcheta sung by Joyce DiDonato.

Venice has enjoyed many tributes in its long, unique and distinguished history and one compliment that I particularly like, is that  “Venice is a Melodie”

Enjoy this beautiful video and be transported into the gentle Venetian breeze by the elegant voice of  Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato singing the wonderful song “La Barcheta”  by French composer Reynaldo Hahn, which evocatively echoes the atmosphere of a Venice of another age and style and the lyrics are written and sung in the Venetian dialect. DiDonato’s interpretation of the song is superbly accompanied by guitarist Simone Vallertonda.
This was part of German TV programme ZDF’s broadcast “The Venice of Donna Leon” May 2013.



Lyrics of “La Barcheta”
La note è bela,
Fa presto, o Nineta,
Andemo in barcheta
I freschi a ciapar!
A Toni g’ho dito
Ch’el felze el ne cava
Per goder sta bava
Che supia dal mar.

Che gusto contarsela
Soleti in laguna,
E al chiaro de luna
Sentirse a vogar!
Ti pol de la ventola
Far senza, o mia cara,
Chè zefiri a gara
Te vol sventolar.

Se gh’è tra de lori
Chi troppo indiscreto
Volesse da pèto
El velo strapar,
No bada a ste frotole,
Soleti za semo
E Toni el so’ remo
Lè a tento a menar.

Joyce DiDonato (born February 13, 1969) is an American operatic lyric-coloratura mezzo-soprano particularly admired for her interpretations of the works of Handel, Mozart, and Rossini. She has performed with many of the world’s leading opera companies and orchestras and in 2012 won a Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo. (Wikipedia)

Simone Vallertonda

Simone Vallertonda


Dario Poli

Composer, artist, and a published author and illustrator. He is initiator of the campaign to present a better image Internationally, of Marbella and the Costa del Sol. Composer of the music "Marbella Marbella" used as the anthem of the campaign and also many other recorded compositions including Nostradamus, and Corazon, for The Children for Peace Onlus charity in Rome as well as the co-author of the powerful musical drama Lady X and The Power of Destiny. He is also the editor and a founder member of this website.

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