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Ecco il mondo

Opera details:

Opera title:

Mefistofele

Composer:

Arrigo Boito

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

Mefistofele Synopsis

Libretto:

Mefistofele Libretto

Translation(s):

Deutsch

Aria details:

Type:

aria

Role(s):

Mefistofele

Voice(s):

Bass

Act:

2

Previous scene: Son lo spirito
Next scene: Colma il tuo coro d'un palpito

Samuel Ramey: Boito - Mefistofele, 'Ecco il mondo'

Singer: Samuel Ramey

Samuel Edward Ramey (born March 28, 1942 in Colby, Kansas) is an American operatic bass with a long, distinguished career. At the height of his career, he was greatly admired for his range and versatility, having possessed a sufficiently accomplished bel canto technique to enable him to sing the music of Handel, Mozart, Rossini, yet power enough to handle the more overtly dramatic roles written by Verdi and Puccini...

Lyrics & English Translation

Here is the world,
Empty and round.
It rises, falls,
Dances, glitters,
Whirls about
Under the sun,
Trembles, roars,
Creates, destroys,
Now barren, now fecund-
Such is the world.

Upon its huge
And rounded back
Dwells an unclean
And mad race,
Wicked, subtle,
Proud, vile,
Which lorever
Devours itself,

From the depths to the heights
Of the guilty world.

This proud
And foolish race,
Amid vanities
And orgies,
Laughs, exults,
Merrily, heedlessly,
Wealthy, proud,
And swells up
On the foul globe!

Of the guilty world!!!


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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

Ecco il mondo,
Vuoto e tondo,
S'alza, scende,
Balza e splende.
Fa carole intorno al sole,
Trema, rugge, dŕ  e distrugge,
Ora sterile or fecondo.
Ecco il mondo.
Sul suo grosso
Antico dosso
V'č una schiatta
E sozza e matta,
Fiera, vile, ria, sottile,
Che ad ogn'ora si divora
Dalla cima sino al fondo
Del reo mondo.
Fola vana č a lei Satana,
Riso e scherno
E' a lei l'inferno,
Scherno e riso il Paradiso.
Oh per Dio!
Che or rido anch'io,
Oh per Dio! ecc.
Nel pensare ciň
Che le ascondo.
Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah!
Ecco il mondo!

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Anthology of Italian Opera: BassCantolopera: Arias for Bass Volume 3Cesare Siepi