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Cielo a miei lunghi spasimi

Opera details:

Opera title:

Anna Bolena

Composer:

Gaetano Donizetti

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

Anna Bolena Synopsis

Libretto:

Anna Bolena Libretto

Translation(s):

English Deutsch

Quartet details:

Type:

quartet

Role(s):

Anna Bolena / Smeton / Lord Percy / Lord Rochefort

Voice(s):

Soprano / Contralto / Tenor / Bass

Act:

2.20b

Previous scene: Un suon sommeso
Next scene: Coppia iniqua estrema vendetta

Maria Callas sings Anna Bolena's mad scene (1957)

Singer: Maria Callas

The part of Anna was written for those dramatic-agile sopranos who dominated the scene in the early nineteenth century, of whom Callas today revives, with ancient wisdom and modern taste, the glories and successes. Authentic queen in the whole opera, because of the suggestive phrasing and the dazzling vocal resolutions, in the last scene she exceeded herself: with that breathing of the infinite which really anticipated the black desert of death. Her “Al dolce guidami/ castel natio” with those prodigious echoes of mezza-voce already by itself impalpable, with those fading “diminuendos”, is a piece of anthology. And thus the invocation “Cielo, a miei lunghi spasimi”, where in delirium the sojourn of the dead is longed for as a promised land. In sum, interpretation to set aside without a doubt among the most significant and profound of this peerless artist.
Review by Eugenio Cara at L’europeo April 21, 1957

...And since we came to talk about the stage intelligence of the interprets, allow me to express my personal appreciation regarding Maria Meneghini Callas, who will surely make of her character of Anna Bolena one of the most admirable interpretations. To listen to her in rehearsal is a real enjoyment, which evidences the degree of vocal maturity attained by this singer.
In the final aria, in which Anna Bolena, before going to the scaffold, evokes the places of her happy youth: “Al dolce guidami castel natio…” no one could sing better than her. In fact, every time that we arrive at that great page of the opera, I go sit in a corner to listen to her in religious concentration.
Review by Giulietta Simionato at Rotosei April 19, 1957

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

ROCHEFORT, PERCY, SMETON
Oh! rio martir!

CORO
Delira.

ANNA
Cielo, a' miei lunghi spasimi
Concedi alfin riposo.
E questi estremi palpiti
Sian di speranza almen.

TUTTI
L'estremo suo delirio
Prolunga, o Ciel pietoso.
Fa che la sua bell'anima
Di te si desti in sen.

silenzio

odonsi colpi di cannone in lontano e suonar di campane.
Anna rinviene a poco a poco


ANNA
Chi mi sveglia? ove sono? che sento?
Suon festivo? che fia? favellate.

CORO
Acclamata dal popol contento
È Regina …

ANNA
Tacete … cessate.
Manca, ahi! manca a compire il delitto
D'Anna il sangue, e versato sarà.

si abbandona fra le braccia delle Damigelle

TUTTI
Ciel! risparmia al suo core trafitto
Questo colpo a cui regger non sa.

English Libretto or Translation:

ROCHEFORT, PERCY and SMEATON:
Oh! cruel torment!

CHORUS:
She's dreaming.

ANNA:
Heaven: grant repose at last
to my long pangs
and at least let these last heartbeats
be ones of hope.

ALL:
Let her final delirium
be prolonged, merciful Heaven;
let her beautiful spirit
rise up to your bosom.

(Cannon shots are heard in the distance and the ringing of bells. Anna comes to, little by little.)

ANNA:
Who awoke me? Where am I? What do I hear?
A festive sound? what could it be? tell me..

CHORUS:
The Queen is acclaimed
by a happy people…

ANNA:
Be silent…cease.
There lacks, alas, there lacks only the blood of Anna
to complete the crime, and it will be spilt.

(she falls into the arms of her ladies)

ALL:
Heaven! Spare her wounded heart this blow
which she cannot bear.

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