Inna Husieva – Soprano
We are thrilled that London-based Ukrainian soprano, Inna Husieva, was able to record this song for us during an Easter visit to Kyiv.
Hailed from Donetsk, Inna lost her parents three years ago and her home in Donetsk, which has been occupied since 2014 by Russia. Having survived the shelling of her house in Donetsk, she has worked since 2014 to raise awareness of the war in Ukraine and help to raise funds for its victims. Inna has toured in the USA, Canada and Germany with the fundraising concerts as well as Great Britain.
She will be an Emerging Artist at Scottish National Opera for the 2023-2024 season.
The words of the song were almost certainly written by
Charles Reece Pemberton (1790-1840)
Actor, Author and Lecturer
Image by Engraver Charles Edward Wagstaff, after Octavius Oakley (Wikipedia Public Domain)
“Tears and Smiles”
Her cheek is pale, her eyes are wet,
Her voice in murmurings,
Grieves lowly to the morn that yet
No sunshine brings.
Why linger ye, O laughing hours?
Uncurl ye buds, unfurl ye flowers!
Sad April sings.
The paleness fleets, the tears are dry,
Her voice with gladness rings;
The sunshine over earth and sky
Its brightness flings.
Come, revel through my laughing hours
Ye warbling birds, ye buds and flowers!
Glad April sings.