Barcarolle

The Tales of Hoffmann is an opera in three acts by Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880) with a libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, based on several of E.T.A. Hoffmann's Fantastic Tales. Today it is considered a masterpiece of French Romanticism.

The Barcarolleis the most famous duet of the opera, also known as "Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour", written in a moderate tempo in the style of the folk songs sung by the gondoliers of Venice, the city where the scene takes place.

This piece has also been used in movies. For example, Life is beautiful and Titanic include it in their soundtracks. But the pioneer was Elvis Presley, who used the melody to sing Tonight is so right for love in the 1960 film, G.I. Blues.

Why have we chosen it?

Because this music takes us directly to Venice, to its gondolas and canals, and for us it seemed a beautiful way to travel with the imagination, in these times where we can't do it in person yet.

Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour
souris à nos ivresses

Nuit plus douce que le jour.
Ô, belle nuit d'amour!

Le temps fuit et sans retour
emporte nos tendresses

Loin de cet heureux séjour
le temps fuit sans retour

Zéphyrs embrasés
z-nous vos caresses

Zéphyrs embrasés
donnez-nous vos baisers!

Vos baisers! Vos baisers! Ah!

Beautiful night, oh, night of love
smile to our drunkenness

Night sweeter than day.
Oh, beautiful night of love!

Time flies and with no return
takes away our tenderness

Far from this happy place to stay
time runs out with no return

Burning breezes
give us your tenderness

Burning breezes
give us your kisses!

Give us your kisses! Give us your kisses! Ah!