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So anch'io la virtu magica

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Opera title:

Don Pasquale


Gaetano Donizetti




Don Pasquale Synopsis


Don Pasquale Libretto


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Gaetano Donizetti Don Pasquale Pt 5 Lina Aymaro Scipio Colombo "E il Dottor non si vede!...."

Singer: Scipio Colombo


Gaetano Donizetti Don Pasquale Part 5 Lina Aymaro Scipio Colombo "E il Dottor non si vede!...."

Gaetano Donizetti
Don Pasquale Part 5
Norina--Lina Aymaro
Doctor Malatesta--Scipio Colombo
Vienna State Opera/Argeo Quadri

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Act 1 Scene 2 Conclusion:
E il Dottor non si vede!
So anch'io la virtù magica
e il Dottor non si vede!
Pronta io son, purch'io non manchi
Vado, corro

Scipio Colombo (May 25, 1910 - April 13, 2002) was an Italian operatic baritone, who sang a wide range of roles. Born in Vicenza, Italy, Colombo first studied philosophy at the University of Padua, before turning to music. He studied in Milan with Venturini and in Rome with Giuseppe de Luca, and made his debut in Alessandria, as Marcello in La bohème, in 1937. Throughout the second World War, he sang at most of the major opera houses of Italy, including La Scala in Milan. In 1947, he sang there in the premiere of Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges, and of Britten's Peter Grimes, and later took part in the creation of Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites, as the Marquis de la Force, in 1957, he also sang in Mussorgski's Khovantchina in 1949. He created roles in contemporary Italian works, notably in Dallapiccola's Il prigioniero (Florence, 1950), and Pizzetti's Cagliostro, (Milan, 1953).
He made guest appearances at the Vienna State Opera and the Royal Opera House in London, as well as the Aix-en-Provence Festival and the Bregenz Festival. He also sang all the great baritone roles of the Italian repertory; Rigoletto, di Luna, Germont, Count Almaviva, Don Giovanni, Guglielmo, Lescaut, Marcello, Cavaradossi, etc. On discs, he can be heard in complete recordings of Don Pasquale, Luisa Miller, Fedora, Tosca. Beginning in 1963, he taught at the Musikhochschule in Karlsruhe. He died in Gernsbach, Germany.

Don Pasquale is an opera buffa, or comic opera, in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti. The librettist Giovanni Ruffini wrote the Italian libretto after Angelo Anelli's libretto for Stefano Pavesi's Ser Marcantonio (1810).

At the time of its composition, Donizetti had just been appointed music director and composer for the imperial court of Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria, and Don Pasquale was the 64th of an eventual 66 operas he composed.

The opera, in the tradition of opera buffa, harks back to the stock characters of the commedia dell'arte. Pasquale is recognizable as the blustery Pantalone, Ernesto as the lovesick Pierrot, Malatesta as the scheming Scapino, and Norina as a wily Columbina. The false Notary echos a long line of false officials as operatic devices.

Performance history
Don Pasquale was first produced on 3 January 1843 at the Comédie-Italienne in Paris.
Other performances during the 19th Century include those at La Scala, Milan on 17 April 1843, the first performance in Italy. In London it was presented for the first time in England on 29 June 1843 at Her Majesty's Theatre, and the United States premiere took place in New York on 9 March 1846. The first Australian performance was presented in Sydney on 12 October 1854 at the Royal Victoria Theatre.
While not a part of the "standard" repertory, Don Pasquale apppears with some regularity on the schedules of world opera houses.

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«Quel guardo il cavaliere
in mezzo al cor trafisse,
piegò il ginocchio e disse:
Son vostro cavalier!
E tanto era in quel guardo
sapor di paradiso,
che il cavalier Riccardo,
tutto d'amor conquiso,
giurò che ad altra mai
non volgeria il pensier.»
Ah, ah! Ah, ah!
So anch'io la virtù magica
d'un guardo a tempo e loco,
so anch'io come si bruciano
i cori a lento foco;
d'un breve sorrisetto
conosco anch'io l'effetto,
di menzognera lagrima,
d'un subito languor.
Conosco i mille modi
dell'amorose frodi,
i vezzi e l'arti facili
per adescare un cor.
Ho testa bizzarra,
son pronta, vivace...
brillare mi piace,
mi piace scherzar.
Se monto in furore,
di rado sto al segno,
ma in riso lo sdegno
fo presto a cangiar.
Ho testa bizzarra,
ma core eccellente.

English Libretto or Translation:

"I look at the knight
in the middle of his heart he was pierced,
he bent his knee and said:
I am your cavalier!
And so much was in that look
tasty of paradise,
that the Cavalier Riccardo,
all of love conquered,
he swore that to another never
I do not want to think about it. "
Ah, ah! Ah, ah!
I know magic virtue too
of a time and place guard,
I know how they burn themselves
slow-focus choirs;
of a short smile
I also know the effect,
of liar tear,
of an immediately languor.
I know the thousand ways
of love frauds,
the easy ways and the arts
to lure a cor.
I have a weird head,
I'm ready, lively ...
I like to shine
I like joking.
If I mount in fury,
I'm rarely at the sign,
but in laughter the indignation
I'll soon be able to change it.
I have a weird head,
but excellent core.

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