Sergei Lemeshev sings M’appari from Martha

One of the most well-known and beloved Russian operatic lyric tenors, Sergei Lemeshev sings M’appari from Martha, oder Der Markt zu Richmond (Martha, or The Market at Richmond), a romantic comic opera in four acts by Friedrich von Flotow set to a German libretto by Friedrich Wilhelm Riese and based on a story by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges. Lemeshev sings the aria in Russian.

Sergei Yakovlevich Lemeshev (born July 10 [O.S. June 27] 1902, Staroye Knyazevo, Tver Governorate – died June 26, 1977, Moscow) was a great Russian operatic lyric tenor. His operatic repertoire consisted primarily Russian works along with a particularly significant amount of French and a few Italian and German pieces. Almost all works were performed in the Russian language.

M’appari lyrics (English translation)

She appeared to me, purest of love.
I discovered with my eyes this vision of delight.
Lovely was she, that my hungry heart,
In a snap, to her did fly;
I was hurt, I was charmed
By that beauty from above.
Love is etched in my heart,
And cannot now be erased.
The mere thought that our hearts
With sweet love might beat as one
Is enough to forget all the sorrow
That fills my heart.

She appeared to me, purest of love.
I discovered with my eyes this vision of delight.
Lovely was she, that my hungry heart,
In a snap to her did fly.
Marta, Marta, you have left me,
And my heart along with yours has vanished away!
You’ve taken away my peace,
I will surely die of pain.

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