"Oh! qual parlar fu il suo! . . . Tremate voi? . . . Fama! Sì: l'avrete," scene and duet from Donizetti's Anna Bolena (Anne Boleyn). Henry VIII (Enrico) tells Jane Seymour (Giovanna) that he wishes to dissolve his marriage to Anne and marry her.

Anne too offered me her love, dreaming of the English throne )
"Dio, che mi vedi in core . . . Sul suo capo . . . Va, infelice," soprano/mezzo-soprano duet from Act II of Gaetano Donizetti's opera Anna Bolena (Anne Boleyn).

Henry VIII of England divorced his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, in order to marry Anne Boleyn. When Anne did not bear him a son, he accused her of adultery and had her executed so that he could marry for a third time. In this scene, we see a dramatic version of the confrontation between Anne (Anna) and her attendant Jane Seymour (Giovanna), soon to replace her as queen.

May the longed-for crown turn to thorns upon her brow )
"Deserto è il luogo . . . Stolto! a un sol mio grido," scene and duet for Romeo (mezzo-soprano) and Tebaldo (tenor) from Bellini's opera I Capuleti ed i Montecchi (The Capulets and the Montagues). In Bellini's opera, which is based on the same story as Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Tybalt (Tebaldo) is Juliet's unwelcome suitor in place of Paris.

Thanks to Sonya Taaffe for helping me figure out a confusing sentence. Any remaining mistakes are entirely mine.

A hostile Divinity, a Fate, which deprives you of your reason has urged you across this threshold to meet death. )
Here is a scene and duet from Bellini's opera Norma. This opera (with very little historical accuracy, but lots of beautiful music) is set in Roman-occupied Gaul. The High Priestess Norma, although the priestesses are sworn to virginity, has secretly yielded to love and borne two children to the Roman governor Pollione. In this scene a young priestess, Adalgisa, comes to Norma with a confession. Norma is sympathetic, not yet knowing the identity of Adalgisa's lover: the fickle Pollione.

From a single glance, from a single sigh )
Recitative and tenor aria ("Nel furor delle tempeste") from Bellini's opera Il Pirata (The Pirate).

It is a ray of light, which shines in the darkness of my heart. )
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