Sunday, October 30, 2011

Nessun dorma - Turandot

No one shall sleep! No one shall sleep!
Not even you, o, Princess
In your cold room,
Look at the stars
That tremble with love
And hope.

But my secret is hidden within me,
No one will know my name!
No, no, I will say it on your mouth
when the light shines!

And my kiss will melt the silence
That makes you mine!

No one will know his name!...
And, alas, we must die!

Vanish, o night!
Fade away, stars!
Fade away, stars!
At dawn I will win!
I will win, I will win!

Placido Domingo sings Nessun dorma from Puccini's Turandot. A different version to the one posted several times already.

La Scala, 1983. Conductor: Lorin Maazel.

Chi mi frena – Lucia di Lammermoor

(Who’s stopping me in such a moment?
Who’s cutting short the course of anger?
Her pain, her fear
They are the proof of remorse!
But, that fading rose,
She is between life and death...
I am overcome... I am moved!...
I love you, ungrateful woman, I love you still!)

(Who is trying to stop my fury
And the hand that’s stroking the sword?
In favor of the poor girl
A cry arose in my breast!
She is my blood! I have betrayed her!
She is between life and death...
Oh! I cannot prevent
My heart’s remorse.)

(I had hoped that my fear
would have ended my life...
But death is no help to me...
I still live for my torment!
The veil has fallen from my eyes,
Heaven and earth have betrayed me!
I would like to weep, but I can’t...
Even my tears have abandoned me!)

Raimondo, Arturo
(What a terrible moment!
I am without words...
A dense cloud [veil] of fear
Is covering the rays of the sun!
Like a wilting rose
She is between life and death
Whoever is not moved for her
Has a heart of stone.)

The great sextet from Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor.

Edgardo: José Carreras
Lucia: Katia Ricciarelli
Enrico: Leo Nucci
Raimondo: John Paul Bogart
Arturo: John Dickie
Alisa: Waltraud Winsauer

Bregenz, 1982.
Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Signore, ascolta - Turandot

Sir, listen! Ah, sir, listen!
Liu can bear no more!
Her heart is breaking! My, how long I’ve walked
With your name in my soul
With your name on these lips!
But if your destiny
Tomorrow, will be decided,
We will die on the road of exile.
He’ll lose his son
I, the shadow of a smile.
Liù can bear no more! Ah! Ah!

Katia Ricciarelli sings Liu's first act aria in Puccini's Turandot.

Vienna, 1983. Conductor: Lorin Maazel.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Credeasi, misera – I Puritani

She believed it, poor thing!
That I had betrayed her,
Leading her life
With that suffering!
I defy the lightning,
I spurn fate,
If you are beside me
I can die!

Which funeral
Fatal voice
Is shaking, arousing me from sleep
From my martyrdom!
If I was so barbaric
As to bring about this end
But I will be his wife
In death!

That mournful sound
Feral rumble
It strikes my bosom,
It freezes my heart!
It has no more tears -
My grief.

Some soldiers
That mournful sound,
That opens a tomb,
Rumbles deeply,
It strikes my heart.
And the terrifying God
In his revenge
Strikes down the wicked
With rigor.

Other soldiers
That mournful sound,
That opens a tomb,
Rumbles deeply,
It strikes my heart.
And God wills it
Without pity!

That mournful sound
That opens a tomb
Strikes my heart,
Their horrible fate
It strikes my heart.
Ah, pity.

That mournful sound
From the trumpet strikes our hearts.
Despite the tears
It gives us hope,
Yes, that God
Comes to us with pity.

Leading her life
With that suffering!
I defy the lightning,
I spurn fate,
If you are beside me
I can die!

What are you waiting for?


Elvira, Elvira!

Riccardo, Giorgio, Women
Only ferocity now speaks with volume!

God commands to His children
That by now justice should be rendered
The avenging sword falls at last
Hand over the traitor!

Arturo! Arturo, you still live!

Riccardo, Giorgio, women
You should learn the pity of God!

I am with thee.

Forgive me!
I am dying, o my Arturo!

Ah one embrace!

Yes, my dear

Ah, farewell!


Stop, stand aside,
Cruel, cruel men!
She is trembling,
She is fading,
Wicked souls,
Deaf to pity.
One single moment,
Ah, hold back your wrath,
Then you can satisfy yourselves
with cruelty.

Riccardo, Giorgio
Cease, cease for one moment!
One moment, have pity!
Please! Cease!

Vengeance hastens, God wills it,
It won’t be long!

O God, cease, have pity,
One moment, please, cease!

Juan Diego Florez in a scene from Bellini's I Puritani. No high F from him.
With Mariola Cantarero.
Las Palmas, 2004.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Esultate - Otello

Esultate - Otello

He is saved! He is saved!

Inner Voices
Throw out the skiffs!
Hands to the ropes! Stop!

Stronger with the oars! To the shore!

Inner Voices
To the shore! To the shore!

Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!

Rejoice! The pride of the Muslim’s
is buried in the sea; the glory is ours and the heavens!
First the army then the hurricane brought victory.

Hooray Othello! Hooray! Hooray!
Victory! Victory! Victory!

Placido Domingo sings 'Esultate' from the first act of Verdi's Otello.
Paris, 1976. Conductor: George Solti.