Barcarolle

Belle nuit, ô nuit d’amour (often referred to as the Barcarolle) is a piece from The Tales of Hoffmann, Jacques Offenbach‘s final opera. This piece opens the opera’s third act, set in Venice.
It is sung by the characters Giulietta – the protagonist Hoffmann’s love, a Venetian courtesan – and Nicklausse – Hoffmann’s poetic muse, in disguise as his faithful male companion. In addition to the Venetian location it sets the seductive and sinister tone of the Venice act in general and of Giulietta’s character specifically.

Barcarolle

Belle nuit
Oh nuit d’amour
Souris à nos ivresses
Nuit plus douce que le jour
Oh 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
Bercez-nous de vos caresses
Zéphyrs embrasés
Bercez-nous de vos caresses
Donnez-nous vos baisers
Bercez-nous
De vos baisers

A barcarolle is a folk song sung by Venetian gondoliers, or a piece of music composed in that style.

Jaques Offenbach (composer)
Emmanuel Villaume (conductor)

Elina Garanca
Anna Netrebko

Orchestra Prague Philharmonia
Rudolfinum, Dvorák Hall, Prague, Czech Republic

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Bercez-nous
De vos baisers

Belle nuit
Oh nuit d’amour
Souris à nos ivresses
Nuit plus douce que le jour
Oh belle nuit d’amour
Oh belle nuit d’amour
Souris à nos ivresses
Souris à nos ivresses
Nuit d’amour
Belle nuit
Oh belle nuit d’amour
Belle nuit

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