Monday, August 18, 2008

Ne andrò lontana

"Ebben, ne andrò lontana" from La Wally by Catalani. Sung by Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez in the film Diva.

Well then, I shall go far away
Like the echo of the holy church-bell.
There, amid the white snow
There, among the clouds of gold
There where hope, where hope
Is regret and sorrow!

O my mother's cheerful house,
La Wally shall go away from you,
Quite far away, and perhaps
She will never return to you,
Nor will you see her again.
Never again, never again!

I shall go far away, alone,
Like the echo of the holy church-bell.
There, amid the white snow,
I shall go far away, alone--
Among the clouds of gold!


This aria has been stuck in my head for the last two days because I am about to go (far?) away, alone, for a long time. Tomorrow I fly to San Francisco and begin to set up a life for myself there.

I can make no promises about how often I'll update marissabidilla during my first few weeks in San Francisco. Rest assured that if I don't post, I am probably encountering many wonderful things that I would love to share with you--it's just that I lack the time or the Internet connection to do so!

I've got to finish packing now. Already in my suitcase are two classic San Francisco books that I absolutely must reread now--The Maltese Falcon and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. As you can see, I'm a big believer in suiting the book and the music to the occasion.

À bientôt!

1 comment:

robertcinnamon said...

So here's a co-inkydink. My other favourite bloggerette, a certain Miss Anna Pickard, id also moving to San Fran in the not too distant. And you two have almost certainly never heard of each other. And you've almost certainly got nothing in common bar a mutual appreciation for the feline, but you should, you know, like meet up in the castro for a latte or some such. Maybe. The lovely AP can be found at

Suck it and see.