Continuing my translation-by-installments, here is Act II, scene 1 of Verdi's opera Oberto conte di S. Bonifacio (Oberto, Count of San Bonifacio). To see the complete translation, click on the opera: oberto tag.

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Later than I expected, but here is the second scene of Verdi's opera Oberto conte di S. Bonifacio (Oberto, Count of San Bonifacio). To see the complete translation, click on the opera: oberto tag.

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Here is the first part in my translation of Verdi's first opera, Oberto conte di S. Bonifacio (Oberto, Count of San Bonifacio). To see the rest of the opera, once I have posted all the scenes, just click on the opera: oberto tag.

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Returning after a hiatus!

Nabucco was Verdi's third opera and his first hit. It is loosely based on the Biblical stories of Nebuchadnezzar (Nabucodonosor) and the Babylonian Exile. As frequently happens in opera, the libretto shows little acquaintance with Biblical Judaism or actual history. However, if you can put that aside, there is glorious music, some highly dramatic confrontations, a soprano villain with a notoriously difficult part, and an unusual mad scene for baritone. Nabucco includes the well-known chorus "Va, pensiero," which became an unofficial anthem of the Italian Risorgimento.

Today I am posting a different chorus: "Il maledetto non ha fratelli." In this scene, the Jewish religious leaders curse Ismaele for betraying his people by saving Nabucco's daughter.

In vain he readies the poison for his lips, in vain the dagger strikes his heart! )
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