EIN SCHÖNER TAG:
Ein schöner Tag – wenn er zu Ende geht, ist nichts mehr, wie es war.
Un bel dì, vedremo –
levarsi un fil di fumo –
sull’estremo confin del mare. –
E poi la nave appare. –
Un bel dì vedremo (One fine day we’ll see) is a soprano aria from the opera Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini.
Un bel dì vedremo is the opera’s most famous aria and one of the most popular pieces in the soprano repertoire and is sung by Madama Butterfly when she imagines and performs the return of Pinkerton on a white ship.
This tragic tale revolves around the young Japanese geisha, Butterfly. She is to be married to Pinkerton, an American Officer on assignment in Nagasaki.
Butterfly is young and naive, and fully believes her marriage to Pinkerton to be true and everlasting, while Pinkerton intends on marrying an American when he returns home.
Butterfly waits for Pinkerton to return, having had a child by him that he does not know about. He returns, but with his new American wife, intending to take the child back to America.
Rather than live in shame, Butterfly agrees to give up her child, but intends to kill herself out of honor. She kills herself to save the honor of her family, and for Love.