Like presentiment of death, twilight covers the lands,
it shrouds the valley with blackish raiment;
the soul that yearns for these heights
is fearful of its flight through horror and night!
O loveliest star, there thou shinest,
thy tender light the distance thou sendest,
the nightly twilight gets split by thy kind ray,
and friendly thou point the way out of the valley.
O thou, my evening star so sweet,
I always greeted thee gladly indeed;
with the heart that never betrayed it
greet it as it passes by thee, –
as it soars away from the earthly valley
to yonder be an angel blessed!
One of my favorite operas is Tannhauser. I’ve had the great fortune to see the Met’s wonderful production so many times, I don’t even know how many, and I had to fly to New York! This is one of the most beautiful baritone arias ever written.