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"La donna è mobile" ("Woman is fickle") is an aria from Giuseppe Verdi's 1851 Rigoletto. It is sung at the beginning of the third act by the Duke of Mantua while he is in Sparafucile's house.

The Song has been performed by several singers over the years but it was originally performed by Italian tenor the late Raffaele Mirate.

LyricsEdit

La donna è mobile
Qual piuma al vento
Muta d'accento
E di pensiero
Sempre un amabile
Leggiadro viso
In pianto o in riso
È mensognero
La donna è mobile
Qual piuma al vento
Muta d'accento
E di pensier
E di pensier
E di pensier
È sempre misero
Chi a lei s'affida
Chi le confida
Mal cauto il core
Pur mai non sentesi
Felice appieno
Qui su quel seno
Non liba amore
La donna è mobile
Qual piuma al vento
Muta d'accento
E di pensier
E di pensier
E di pensier

Woman is flighty.
Like a feather in the wind,
she changes in voice and in thought,
always a lovely,
pretty face,
in tears or in laughter, she's untrue.
Refrain
Woman is flighty.
like a feather in the wind,
she changes in voice and in thought,
and in thought!
and in thought!
Always miserable
is he who trusts her,
he who confides in her his unwary heart!
Yet one never feels
fully happy
who from that bosom does not drink love!
Refrain
Woman is flighty.
Like a feather in the wind,
she changes her words,
and her thoughts!
and her thoughts!

Other AppearancesEdit

  • The song has been included in the many recordings of the opera that have been released through the years.
  • The song was performed by the late Luciano Pavarotti in the 1982 film adaptation.
  • The song can be heard in the background during a restaurant scene in 2003 film Rick (which adaptes the opera's plot in a modern-day New York setting).
  • The song was performed by Vittorio Grigolo in the 2010 adaptation of the opera.

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TriviaEdit

  • Since Verdi predicted that the aria would become popular, he provided the score to Raffaele Mirate shortly before the premiere and made him swear not to sing or whistle the tune outside rehearsals of the play.
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