“Spargi d’amaro pianto il mio terrestre velo,” the cabaletta to the heroine’s mad scene in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor.
No, this isn’t remotely related to this extended travel of mine, nor even exactly related to my state(s) of mind(s). But I just feel like sharing a dear, dear, dear piece — and when sung by the great Maria Callas, it is simply an amazing experience.
(The version above is her second studio version, which isn’t her best shot among all her preserved Lucia’s, but the sound quality is the best among them, and in any case Callas is unique and remains a class above all others, absolutely one-of-a-kind.)
Below is 11 versions assembled by someone online.