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Meco all'altar di venere

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Carlo Albani - Meco all' altar di Venere

Singer: Enrico Delle Sedie

Dead Tenors’ Society wraps up the month of June with our final week of encores, showcasing a collection of previously featured vocalists in recordings never before heard on this channel.

Carlo Albani (1872-1924) was born in Trieste to an Italian mother and a French father (the family name was actually Berquier). Following studies with Enrico Delle Sedie in Paris, Albani accepted a contract with the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, where he made his debut as Radames in 1901. He is probably best remembered for a bizarre occurrence which took place toward the end of 1907. After receiving a scathing review for his performance as Manrico in Il Trovatore at Oscar Hammerstein’s Manhattan Opera House, Albani skipped town and was charged in absentia with breach of contract. By the time deputies were able to track the tenor down, he was in the midst of another performance of Il Trovatore, this time with the San Carlo Opera in Boston. Following the first act, a constable arrested Albani and intended to haul him to the local lockup. After much arguing, a compromise was reached and the tenor was allowed to finish the performance with the policeman at his side on stage! Needless to, the performance was turned into a travesty…but San Carlo’s general manager DID post the tenor’s bail.

Although this unfortunate debacle brought an end to Albani’s U. S. career (with the exception of an already contracted performance in Philadelphia in 1908), the tenor was quite busy elsewhere, appearing in the provincial houses of Paris, London, Lisbon, Madrid, St. Petersburg, Rome, Milan, Verona, Bologna, Turin, Venice, Naples, Bari, Santiago, Caracas and San Jose (Costa Rica). In a career that stretched over two decades, Albani sang over forty roles in Aïda, La Forza del Destino, Ernani, Un Ballo in Maschera, Pagliacci, Tosca, La Bohème, Guglielmo Tell, Norma, Poliuto, Carmen, Roméo et Juliette, Samson et Dalila and others. The tenor performed regularly into the 1920s, nearly until the time of his death, which occurred Rome in 1924 when he was only 52.

Carlo Albani left a legacy of nearly 100 phonograph recordings made for Pathé, Victor, Edison, Fonotipia, Odeon and others between 1907 and 1913. These discs and cylinders showcase a sturdy lirico-spinto instrument with good legato and a very strong top. Here, Albani sings "Meco all’ altar di Venere" followed by the cabaletta "Me protegge, me difende" from Bellini's Norma. This recording was made for Edison Records in Paris around 1910.

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6 - Donald Gramm

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In rammentarlo io tremo.

Meco all'altar di Venere
Era Adalgisa in Roma,
Cinta di bende candide,
Sparsa di fior la chioma;
Udia d'Imene i cantici,
Vedea fumar gl'incensi,
Eran rapiti i sensi
Di voluttade e amore.
Quando fra noi terribile
Viene a locarsi un'ombra
L'ampio mantel druidico
Come un vapor l'ingombra;
Cade sull'ara il folgore,
D'un vel si copre il giorno,
Muto si spande intorno
Un sepolcrale orror.
Più l'adorata vergine
Io non mi trovo accanto;
N'odo da lunge un gemito
Misto de' figli al pianto …
Ed una voce orribile
Echeggia in fondo al tempio
Norma così fa scempio
D'amante traditor!

English Libretto or Translation:

Even recalling it, I tremble!

Adalgisa was with me, in Rome,
At the altar of Venus,
Dressed in pure white
With flowers in her hair.
As she heard the hymns of Hymen
And breathed the holy incense,
Her senses were enraptured
With the joy of love...
Suddenly between us there descended
A horrible shadow,
And the great Druidic mantle
Enfolded her like smoke.
Lightning flashed on the altar,
And the day was veiled in darkness.
Silently, all around,
Rose a tomb?like horror.
The beloved maiden
as no longer at my side.
From afar I heard a sob,
Mingled with the weeping of my children.
Then a monstrous voice
Echoed through the temple, saying:
This is the vengeance of Norma
Upon her faithless lover!