|Norma / Adalgisa|
|Soprano / Soprano or Mezzo-Soprano|
|Previous scene:||Deh! con te li prendi|
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Paris, Théâtre National de l'Opéra 29 mai 1965/ May 29, 1965
The announcement says:
" Ladies and Gentlemen, since the beginning of this performance, Madam Maria Callas had to surmount an illness and an important depression.
Regrettably, in spite of her exceptional courage for which we thank her, and care of her doctor, she's in a absolute impossibility to finish this performance.
She's profoundly sorry, and we ask you with us, to excuse her!"
(This document is a moving testimony for the Callas's fans, it isn't a release for the diva's detractors!)
Mira, o Norma, ai tuoi ginocchi
questi cari tuoi pargoletti.
Ah! pietade di lor ti tocchi,
se non hai di te pietà...
Ah! perché la mia costanza
vuoi scemar con molli affetti?
Più lusinghe, ah più speranza
presso a morte un cor non ha...
See, O Norma, at your knees,
these dear, dear children.
Let pity for them move you,
if you feel no pity for yourself...
Ah, why do you try to weaken me
with such soft feelings?
Such illusions, such hopes
are not for one about to die.