Photo 2: The performance
Va pensiero sull'ali dorate
va ti posa sui clivi e sui colli
ove olezzano tepide e molli
l'aure dolci del suolo natal
del Giordano le rive salutadi Sionne le torri atterate
Oh mia patria si bella e perduta
Oh membranza si cara e fatal
This is the song that I have been practicing as member of the local Chinese choir. It was composed by Giuseppe Verdi. Under the name "Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves", the song was later translated into English. However, I think the Italian lyrics are much better.
Enjoy this beautiful song conducted by James Levine (1973–present) Principal Conductor; Music Director from 1975 on, of the Metropolitan Opera at the Lincoln Center Plaza in New York City!!!
Reference and Photo Credit: Wikipedia