That was a short translation, so have another one to go with it. This is Elettra's recitative and aria "D'Oreste, d'Ajace" from Mozart's opera Idomeneo. Thwarted in both her love and her ambition, Elettra vents her feelings in this dramatic aria.

This translation is not quite line-by-line, since I have shifted some words around for the sake of clarity.

Tear apart my heart, horned snakes, serpents )
"Porgi, amor," the Countess Almaviva's aria from Mozart's opera Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro). The Countess laments the Count's neglect of her.

or at least let me die )
"Tu fosti tradito," mezzo-soprano aria from Mozart's opera La Clemenza di Tito (The Clemency of Titus). This opera is set in ancient Rome during the reign of the emperor Titus. In this aria, Annio pleads with the emperor to spare his friend's life.

but Titus's heart still allows us to hope )
"Der Hölle Rache," the Queen of the Night's aria from Mozart's opera Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute).

Hear, gods of vengeance! )
I have just figured out how to put letters with umlauts and accents in a tag! Good, I needed that superpower ability.

"Ach, ich liebte," Konstanze's aria from Mozart's opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio).

I knew nothing of love's pain )
Since I actually have a reader now, I should update occasionally! I have a large backlog of translations on my computer that I will gradually upload here. Let me know if some formats work better than others, or if there's anything in particular you want to see. Read more... )


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