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Within this frail crucible of light

Opera details:

Opera title:

The Rape of Lucretia

Composer:

Benjamin Britten

Language:

English

Synopsis:

The Rape of Lucretia Synopsis

Libretto:

The Rape of Lucretia Libretto

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Aria details:

Type:

aria

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Voice(s):

Baritone

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Maltman - "Within this frail crucible" - Rape of Lucretia

Singer: Christopher Maltman

"Within this frail crucible of light"
Tarquinius - Christopher Maltman
Female Chorus - Orla Boyla

The Rape of Lucretia - Act II
Aldeburgh Festival 2001
c. Paul Daniels

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

Tarquinius
Within this frail crucible of light,
like a chrysalis contained within its silk oblivion.
How lucky is this little light;
it knows her nakedness.
And when it's extinguished,
it envelops her as darkness,
then lies with her as night.
Loveliness like this is never chaste! If not enjoyed, it is such a waste!
Wake up, wake up, Lucretia!

Female Chorus
No! Sleep, and outrace Tarquinius' horse and be with your Lord Collatinus.
Sleep on, Lucretia!

Tarquinius
As blood-red rubies set in ebony,
her lips illumine the black lake of night. To wake Lucretia with a kiss
would put Tarquinius asleep awhile.

(He kisses Lucretia)

Female Chorus
Her lips receive Tarquinius. She's dreaming of Collatinus. And, desiring him,
draws down Tarquinius.
And wakes to kiss again and...

(Lucretia wakes)

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Britten Operatic Arias: Baritone