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Va crudele al Dio spietato

Opera details:

Opera title:

Norma

Composer:

Vincenzo Bellini

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

Norma Synopsis

Libretto:

Norma Libretto

Translation(s):

English Deutsch

Duet details:

Type:

duet

Role(s):

Pollione / Adalgisa

Voice(s):

Tenor / Soprano or Mezzo-Soprano

Act:

1.15

Previous scene: Eccola va mi lascia
Next scene: Vieni in Roma ah vieni

Maria Callas "Sediziose Voci!", "Fine al rito" | Vicenzo Bellini - Norma, 1958

Singer: Maria Callas

Vicenzo Bellini - "Sediziose voci!", "Fine al rito",
Vicenzo Bellini (1801-1835) Norma, Opera, 1831.
Maria Callas (1923-1977), , Tito Gobbi (1913-1984), Georges Sébastian, conductor (1903-1989),
Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris, 19.XII.1958.

Legendary Performances:
Bellini followed up the success of his tender comedy La Sonnambula with this grand and exotic tale. In its keen characterization and its dramatic conflict between love and patriotic duty it anticipates the major themes of several Verdi operas. The conflict in the opera is between the native Druids of Britain and the Roman soldiers who are occupying the country. The Druid leaders are Oroveso (the High Priest) and Norma (the High Priestess), and the main Romans are the Proconsul Pollione and his centurion Flavio. Norma was Vincenzo Bellini's eighth opera and the one that completely secured his fame and fortune as a composer. Although, according to some contemporary reviews, the audience responded coolly to some aspects of Norma at its first performance at Milan's La Scala opera house on December 26, 1831, the public soon warmed to it and made it a popular success. In the nineteenth century, musicians as diverse as Richard Wagner, Giuseppe Verdi, Johannes Brahms, and Gustav Mahler, regarded Norma as a pivotal work. Today Norma is accepted as Bellini's most successful tragic opera.

Felice Romani based the libretto on Alexandre Soumet's play of the same name, which had premiered in Paris in April 1831 to great critical acclaim. In 1998, David Kimbell noted that, despite this immediate literary source, the opera's plot and the nature of its title character have an earlier source in the Greek myth of Medea. Kimbell has also noted the distinct similarities between Romani's Norma and his text for Giovanni Pacini's opera La sacerdotessa d'Irminsul (1820).

The music of Norma is laden with all of the conventions of Italian opera in the first half of the nineteenth century, including solo vocal arias and duets, some of which follow the prototypical Rossinian crescendo into full-fledged end-of-act choruses. After the introduction, Pollione's cavatina ("Meco all'altar di Venere") foreshadows the events of the opera. Its form is essentially ternary, with the C minor tonality, nervous violin tremolo, and rhythmically active lower strings of the B section contrasting with the C major tonality of the A section. But Bellini avoids a complete reprise of the A section, returning ultimately to the disturbing minor-mode inflections and nervous instrumental texture of the B material. Pollione's cavatina is paired with a cabaletta ("Me protegge, mi defende"), in which he sings of the protective power of love, in the heroic key of E flat major and triumphant dotted rhythms. Norma's famed cavatina, "Casta diva," a prayer to the moon goddess, is introduced by a silvery flute solo over undulating violin arpeggios. Rather than independently, as previously in "Va crudele, al Dio spietato"/"E tu pure, ah! tu non sai!," Pollione and Adalgisa together in their duet "Vieni in Roma"/"Ciel! Così parlar l'ascolto sempre" complete musical phrases: once Adalgisa agrees to go to Rome with Pollione, she is under his musical control. A similar concept governs the Act II duet between Adalgisa and Norma ("Mira, o Norma"/"Ah! perchè la mia costanza"), in which Norma's weakening resolve to allow Adalgisa to beg for Pollione's return is mirrored in her willingness to adopt Adalgisa's musical language. The finale of Act I consists of a trio in which Norma is musically pitted against Pollione and Adalgisa, and in that of Act II, Oroveso and the chorus of druids punctuate Norma's central aria ("Deh! Non voleri vittime") as she ascends her funeral pyre.

Watch videos with other singers performing Va crudele al Dio spietato:

Placido Domingo Fiorenza Cossotto in Norma PollioneAdalgisa duet Va Crudele 127758
2 - Fiorenza Cossotto
5 - Plácido Domingo
Mario Del Monaco Giulietta Simionato Bellini Norma Eccola Va miVa crudele al Dio spietato  127760
2 - Giulietta Simionato
5 - Mario Del Monaco

NMartinucci ACAntonacci Va crudele al Dio spietato Norma Catania 1990 127761
1 - Anna Caterina Antonacci
5 - Nicola Martinucci
ECCOLAVA CRUDELE AL DIO SPIETATO 127764
1 - Carmela Remigio
5 - Vincenzo La Scola

Daniela Barcellona Riccardo Massi Va crudele al dio spietato VBellini Norma 127769
2 - Daniela Barcellona
5 - Riccardo Massi
Fiorenza Cossotto Carlo Cossutta Va crudele al dio spietatoVieni in Roma Norma 127771
2 - Fiorenza Cossotto
5 - Carlo Cossutta

Bellini Norma Va crudele al dio spietato Ebe Stignani Mirto Picchi Gui ROH 1952 127783
2 - Ebe Stignani
5 - Mirto Picchi

Bellini Norma Va crudele al dio spietato Fiorenza Cossotto Charles Craig Colon 1969 127787
2 - Fiorenza Cossotto
5 - Charles Craig

Bellini Norma Va crudele al dio spietato Fiorenza Cossotto Mario del Monaco 1967 127794
2 - Fiorenza Cossotto
5 - Mario Del Monaco
Norma Act 1 Va crudele al Dio spietato Pollione Adalgisa 127795
2 - Christa Ludwig
5 - Franco Corelli

Norma Act 1 Va crudele al Dio spietato Pollione Adalgisa 127797
2 - Ebe Stignani
5 - Mario Filippeschi
Norma Act I Eccola Va crudele al Dio spietato Pollione Adalgisa 127801
2 - Blanche Thebom
5 - Gino Penno

Norma Act I Scene 1 Va crudele e al Dio spietato Pollione Adalgisa 127809
2 - Ebe Stignani
5 - Mario Del Monaco
Norma Va crudele e al dio spietato 127811
1 - Maria Callas
2 - Ebe Stignani

Norma Act I Va crudele al Dio spietato Pollione Adalgisa 127813
2 - Miriam Pirazzini
5 - Franco Corelli
Bellini Norma Act 1 Va crudele al Dio spietato 127817
2 - Shirley Verrett
5 - Enrico Di Giuseppe

Bellini Norma Act 1 Va crudele al Dio spietato 127818
1 - Montserrat Caballé
5 - Luciano Pavarotti
Bellini Norma Act 1 Va crudele al Dio spietato 127819
2 - Marilyn Horne
5 - John Alexander

Va crudele al dio spietato E tu pure ah tu non sai K AldrichF Armiliato NormaBellini 127757
1 - Daniela Dessì
2 - Kate Aldrich
5 - Fabio Armiliato
Gregory Kunde Mirouslava Yordanova duetto Norma 127762
5 - Gregory Kunde

Renato Francesconi Viorica CortezNorma Va crudele al Dio spietatoVieni in Roma  127779
2 - Viorica Cortez

Robleto Merolla Margareta Elkins Eccola Va mi lasciaVa crudele Norma 1971 127780
1 - Montserrat Caballé
2 - Margreta Elkins
6 - James Morris

John Alexander Beverly Wolff Va crudele al dio spietato Norma Boston 1971 127786
1 - Beverly Sills
2 - Beverly Wolff
5 - John Alexander
6 - Donald Gramm
Va crudele al Dio spietato Norma Vincenzo Bellini 127788
1 - Maria Agresta
2 - Karine Deshayes
5 - Gregory Kunde

Norma Act I Scene 6 Va crudele al Dio spietato Voice 127790
2 - Agnes Baltsa
5 - José Carreras
5 - Plácido Domingo
Norma Act 1 Scene 6 No 5d Duet Va crudele al Dio spietato Pollione Adalgisa 127792
1 - Maria Callas
2 - Christa Ludwig
5 - Franco Corelli

Norma Va crudele al Dio spietato Pollione Adalgisa Voice 127793
1 - Renata Scotto
2 - Ann Murray
2 - Tatiana Troyanos
5 - Giuseppe Giacomini
Norma ACT 1 Scene 1 Va crudele al Dio spietato PollioneAdalgisa 127798
1 - Carmela Remigio
1 - Eva Mei
1 - Jane Eaglen
5 - Vincenzo La Scola

Bellini Norma Va crudele al dio spietato Bianca Berini Lando Bartolini MonteCarlo 1974 127802
5 - Lando Bartolini
Norma Act I Va crudele al dio spietato Pollione 127804
1 - Maria Callas
2 - Giulietta Simionato
5 - Mario Del Monaco

Norma Act I Scene 6 Va crudele al Dio spietato Pollione Adalgisa 127808
1 - Lella Cuberli
2 - Grace Bumbry
5 - Giuseppe Giacomini
Va crudele e al Dio spietato 127807
1 - Gina Cigna
2 - Ebe Stignani
5 - Giovanni Breviario

Va crudele al dio spietato feat Maria Callas Mario Del Monaco Ebe Stignani 127812
1 - Maria Callas
2 - Ebe Stignani
5 - Mario Del Monaco
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1 - Joan Sutherland
1 - Maria Callas
2 - Ebe Stignani
5 - Mirto Picchi

Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

POLLIONE
Va, crudele, al Dio spietato
Offri in dono il sangue mio.
Tutto, ah, tutto ei sia versato,
Ma lasciarti non poss'io,
No, nol posso!
Sol promessa al Dio tu fosti,
Ma il tuo core a me si diede.
Ah! Non sai quel che mi costi
Perch'io mai rinunzi a te.

ADALGISA
E tu pure, ah, tu non sai
Quanto costi a me dolente!
All'altare che oltraggiai
Lieta andava ed innocente,
Sì, sì, v'andava innocente.
Il pensiero al cielo ergea
E il mio Dio vedeva in ciel!
Or per me spergiura e rea
Cielo e Dio ricopre un vel!

POLLIONE
Ciel più puro e Dei migliori
T'offro in Roma, ov'io mi reco.

ADALGISA
colpita
Parti forse?

POLLIONE
Ai nuovi albori.

ADALGISA
Parti? Ed io?

POLLIONE
Tu vieni meco.
De' tuoi riti è Amor più santo,
A lui cedi, ah, cedi a me!

ADALGISA
più commossa
Ah! Non dirlo! Ah! Non dirlo!

POLLIONE
Il dirò tanto, il dirò tanto
Che ascoltato io sia da te.

ADALGISA
Deh! Mi lascia!

POLLIONE
Ah! Deh cedi, deh cedi a me!

ADALGISA
Ah! Non posso!
Mi proteggi, o giusto ciel!

POLLIONE
Abbandonarmi così potresti!
Abbandonarmi così!
Adalgisa! Adalgisa!
con tenerezza
Vieni in Roma, ah, vieni, o cara,
Dov'è amore e gioia e vita!
Inebbriam nostr'alme a gara
Del contento a cui ne invita!
Voce in cor parla non senti,
Che promette eterno ben?
Ah! Dà fede a' dolci accenti,
Sposo tuo mi stringi al sen!

English Libretto or Translation:

POLLIONE
Go, cruel woman, shed my blood
As offering to your heartless god;
All my blood may be spilt,
But I can never leave you,
No, no, I can never leave you.
You were but promised to your god:
Your heart you really gave to me.
Ah, you do not know what it would cost me,
Ever to have to renounce your love...

ADALGISA
And you, you do not know the pain
Which loving you has cost me.
Happy and innocent was I, destined
To the altar which I have profaned.
My thoughts rose up to heaven,
Into the very presence of God.
Now for me, guilty violator of my oath,
Both heaven and God are veiled from sight

POLLIONE
A purer heaven and holier gods
I offer you, in Rome. I am going there now.

ADALGISA
You are leaving?

POLLIONE
At dawn -

ADALGISA
You are leaving! - and l?

POLLIONE
You will come with me.
Love is more sacred than your rites ?
Yield to Love, ah, yield to me!

ADALGISA
Do not say it!

POLLIONE
I shall say it,
So many times that you will listen...

ADALGISA
Ah, leave me!

POLLIONE
No, yield,
Yield to me.

ADALGISA
Ah, I can not;
Just Heaven, protect me!

POLLIONE
Can you abandon me like this?
Abandon me like this, Adalgisa?
Come with me to Rome, O my love,
For there is love, and joy, and life;
We shall vie with each other
To know the greater joy in life.
Do you not hear a voice in your heart
Which promises eternal happiness?
Ah! Have faith in that sweet voice
And take me, as husband, to your heart!