Guerra guerra

Opera details:

Opera title:

Norma

Composer:

Vincenzo Bellini

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

Norma Synopsis

Libretto:

Norma Libretto

Translation(s):

English Deutsch

Recitative details:

Type:

recitative,choir

Role(s):

Norma / Oroveso

Voice(s):

Soprano / Bass

Act:

2.11

Previous scene: Squilla il bronzo del Dio
Next scene: Ne compi il rito o Norma

Libretto/Lyrics/Text:

OROVESO E CORO
Guerra, guerra! Le galliche selve
Quante han quercie producon guerrier:
Qual sul gregge fameliche belve,
Sui Romani van essi a cader!

Sangue, sangue! Le galliche scuri
Fino al tronco bagnate ne son!
Sovra il flutti dei Ligeri impuri
Ei gorgoglia con funebre suon!

Strage, strage, sterminio, vendetta!
Già comincia, si compie, s'affretta.
Come biade da falci mietute
Son di Roma le schiere cadute!

Tronchi i vanni, recisi gli artigli.
Abbattuta ecco l'aquila al suol!
A mirare il trionfo de' figli
Ecco il Dio sovra un raggio di sol!

OROVESO
Nè compi il rito, o Norma?
Nè la vittima accenni?

NORMA
Ella fia pronta.
Non mai 'altar tremendo
Di vittime mancò.
Ma qual tumulto?

English Libretto or Translation:

ALL
To battle! to battle! In the forest of Gaul
Brave warriors outnumber the trees.
As hungry wolves fall upon the flock,
We shall strike at the soldiers of Rome.

Blood! Blood! The Gallic axes
Are bathed in the blood of the Roman...
Over the impure waters of the Liguri
It gushes with deathly sound.

Slaughter, extermination and vengeance
Already begin and will soon be fulfilled.
Like grain mowed down by the sickle,
The Roman legions shall fall.

With proud wings clipped with talons drawn,
Behold the mighty eagle on the ground!
And God will come on the rays of the sun
To behold the triumph of his men.

OROVESO
Will you not fulfil the rite now, o Norma?
Will you not tell us who the victim is to be?

NORMA
The victim
Will be here. The awful altar has never lacked its victims.
But what confusion!