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Voici des roses

Opera details:

Opera title:

La Damnation de Faust

Composer:

Hector Berlioz

Language:

French

Synopsis:

La Damnation de Faust Synopsis

Libretto:

La Damnation de Faust Libretto

Translation(s):

English Deutsch

Aria details:

Type:

aria

Role(s):

Méphistophélès

Voice(s):

Baritone or Bass

Act:

2

Previous scene: Danse des Sylphes
Next scene: Certain rate dans une cuisine

La Damnation de Faust (excerpts, with score) performed by great singers of the past

Singer: Yvonne Gall

Various arias and one ensemble from Hector Berlioz's "La Damnation de Faust".
00:00 Certain rate... Amen (Pierre d'Assy and others)
04:16 Voici des roses (Henri Albers)
06:08 Autrefois un roi de Thulé (Germaine Martinelli)
10:55 D'amour l'ardente flamme (Yvonne Gall)
18:24 Nature immense (Fernand Ansseau)

Bonus
22:14 Une puce gentille (in Italian, Riccardo Stracciari)
23:50 Devant la maison (in Italian, Riccardo Stracciari)

Uploader's notes: there's no fully satisfactory recordings of Méphistophélès's other two arias in French. Most of them are sung by tenors pretending to be lower voices (like Pol Plançon and Maurice Renaud) or end up doing weird things with their upper register in an attempt to be funny. Ruggero Raimondi's performances are in this second group, but they are still entertaining. If you don't mind the downwards transposition for bass, Jean Claverie's renditions are superb, and also in French. It's also worth noting that the Italian version of "Devant la maison" might play a bit too much with the vocal line for the taste of some.

As for Faust's other arias, Giovanni Malipiero has a pretty nice rendition of "Merci doux crépuscule" in Italian, but I found it by the point this video was already exporting. Might do something with it in the future.

Recording sources:
1. Certain rate... Amen: 2. Voici des roses: 3. Autrefois un roi de Thulé: 4. D'amour l'ardente flamme: 5. Nature immense: 6. Une puce gentille (in Italian): 7. Devant la maison (in Italian):
Additional material
1. Une puce gentille (Ruggero Raimondi): 2. Devant la maison (Ruggero Raimondi): 3. Voici des roses (Jean Claverie): 4. Devant la maison (Jean Claverie): 5. Merci doux crépuscule (in Italian, Giovanni Malipiero):

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

Voici des roses,
De cette nuit écloses.
Sur ce lit embaumé,
Ô mon Faust bien-aimée,
Répose!
Dans un voluptueux sommeil
Où glissera sur toi plus d'un baiser vermeil,
Où des fleurs pour ta couche ouvriront leurs corolles,
Ton oreille entendra de divines paroles.

English Libretto or Translation:

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Full English translation La Damnation de Faust

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