opera_cat: (love! duty! honor!)
2010-09-20 08:59 pm

Stolto! a un sol mio grido (I Capuleti ed i Montecchi)

"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. )
opera_cat: (love)
2010-09-20 09:56 am

Oh rimembranza! (duet from Norma)

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 )
opera_cat: (tenors!)
2010-09-06 12:16 am

Nel furor delle tempeste (Il Pirata)

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. )
opera_cat: (love! duty! honor!)
2010-09-04 01:04 pm

Il rival salvar tu dei . . . Suoni la tromba (duet)

"Il rival salvar tu dei . . . Suoni la tromba," baritone/bass duet from Bellini's opera I Puritani (The Puritans). The opera is set during the English Civil War and concerns a love affair between a Cavalier and the daughter of a Puritan. The characters in this scene are two Puritan soldiers, Sir Richard Forth (Riccardo) and Sir George Walton (Giorgio Valton).

He who truly loves his country, honors mercy. )