Ai perigli della guerra

Opera details:

Opera title:

L' Elisir d'amore

Composer:

Gaetano Donizetti

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

L' Elisir d'amore Synopsis

Libretto:

L' Elisir d'amore Libretto

Translation(s):

English

Recitative details:

Type:

recitative

Role(s):

Nemorino / Belcore

Voice(s):

Tenor / Baritone

Act:

2.05b

Previous scene: La donna e un animale stravagante
Next scene: Venti scudi

CARLO BERGONZI & PABLO ELVIRA IN "ELISIR DUET"

Singer(s): Carlo Bergonzi Pablo Elvira

TENOR CARLO BERGONZI AND BARITONE PABLO ELVIRA SING "HO VEDUTO IL NOTARO... LA DONNA E UN ANIMALE...AI PERIGLI DELLA GUERRA", FROM DONIZETTI'S "L'ELISIR D'AMORE".

THIS IS A SINGING LESSON!!! HERE BERGONZI IS 65!!! MOST TENOR IN THEIR 30'S WOULD KILL TO SING LIKE THIS, WHILE ELVIRA HITS A HIGH A NATURAL BETTER THAN MOST TENORS!!!

NEMORINO-CARLO BERGONZI
ADINA-ROBERTA PETERS
BELCORE-PABLO ELVIRA
DULCAMARA-BARTOLINI
DRESS REHEARSAL, NEWARK 1989.


Pablo Elvira, 1937-2000

Born on Sept. 24, 1937. A gifted musician, native of San Juan, Puerto Rico and the son of a dance orchestra leader, Elvira began his musical career playing jazz trumpet (after playing piano, alto sax and bass fiddle!) with his father's group and later formed his own orchestra.
A meeting with the famous cellist, composer and conductor Pablo Casals led to his pursuing a career as an opera singer. In 1960 Casals finished work on a biblical oratorio for world peace, ''El Pesebre,'' one of the cellist's small body of compositions. Needing five soloists for a recording and tour of the work, Casals heard Mr. Elvira audition and asked him to sing the baritone part.
One of Mr. Elvira's most memorable performances of ''El Pesebre'' came in 1969, when Casals, by then 92, conducted it in Jerusalem before an audience of 3,000.

In 1966, he participated in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in New York and was selected by the Dean of the Indiana University School of Music to join their voice faculty. He remained there for eight years and performed leading baritone roles in the opera school's productions. Elvíra maintained his primary residence in Bozeman, Montana, and he became known as a strong supporter of opera in that state.

After a year spent performing in Europe, he returned briefly to Indiana before moving to New York and debuting with New York City's Metropolitan Opera in 1978, becoming one of the leading baritones and performed there over 100 times during the next 12 years. In 1974, he made his first appearance with the New York City Opera. He performed with such opera greats as Joan Sutherland, Beverly Sills, Renata Scotto, Roberta Peters, Marilyn Horne, Cecilia Bartoli, Carlo Bergonzi, Justino Diaz, Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo, who stated Elvira was "By far the greatest baritone in the world."

During his career, Elvira sang in France, Germany, South America, Australia, Puerto Rico, Israel and throughout the United States. Among others, he received honors and distinctions like the "Israel Medal", Honor Awards by the US Government, Honors in New York from Governor Mario Cuomo and Mayor Ed Koch. He was the first baritone singing in the opening of the Michigan Opera Theater, as well as the openings of Chang Kai Shek Memorial Theater in Taiwan and the Melbourne Australia Performing Arts Center. In 1967-68 he sang in the world --premiere of Jerome Hines' opera "I am the Way", first in Indianapolis and reprising it at the MET. In 1972 he sang the title role in the world premiere of John Eaton's opera ''Heracles,'' which inaugurated Indiana University's 1,460-seat Musical Arts Center.

Among his vast repertoire, his signature role was Figaro in Rossini's"Il Barbiere di Siviglia" (The Barber of Seville) and critics and colleagues alike crowned him "The best Figaro" of his generation. His musicality, solid technique, breathing control (which he developed by many years of trumpet playing) and seamless legato; along with his great acting skills, sets him apart and creates a real admiration from his colleagues, as Jerome Hines documented in his book "Great Singers on Great Singing".

Pablo Elvira died in 2000 at 62. The musician, artist, singer and above all great human being is greatly missed. Some commercial recordings are proof of his art, and other private sources too:

Commercial discography:

*Montemezzi: L'amore dei tre re
(Moffo, Domingo; Santi, 1976) RCA
*Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana
(Scotto, Domingo; Levine, 1978) RCA
*Donizetti: La Favorita
(Alfredo Kraus, Shirley Verrett, James Morris;
Eve Queler, NY City Opera, 1975)
GALA Records [live]
Commercial philmography:
*Puccini: Manon Lescaut
(Scotto, Domingo; Levine, Menotti, 1980) [live]
*Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
(Sutherland, Kraus, Plishka; Bonynge, Donnell, 1982) [live] Books:
*Great Singers on Great Singing: Opera Star Jerome Hines Interviews 40 Famous Opera Singers on the Technique of Singing,
by Jerome Hines

Watch videos with other singers performing Ai perigli della guerra:

Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

NEMORINO
(Ai perigli della guerra
Io so ben che esposto sono,
Che doman la patria terra,
Zio, congiunti, ahimè! abbandono ...
Ma so pur che, fuor di questa,
Altra strada a me non resta
Per poter del cor d'Adina
Un sol giorno trïonfar.
Ah! chi un giorno ottiene Adina
Fin la vita può lasciar.)

BELCORE
Del tamburo al suon vivace,
Tra le file e le bandiere,
Aggirarsi Amor si piace,
Con le vispe vivandiere:
Sempre lieto, sempre gaio
Ha di belle un centinaio,
Di costanza non s'annoia,
Non si perde a sospirar.
Credi a me; la vera gioia
Accompagna il militar.

English Libretto or Translation:

Nemorino
(To the perils of the war
I know well what I am exposed,
What's the land homeland,
Uncle, conjoined, alas! abandonment ...
But I know that, out of this,
Another way is left to me
To be able of the cor d'Adina
One day trïonfar.
Ah! who one day gets Adina
As long as life can leave.)

BELCORE
Of the drum to the lively ring,
Between rows and flags,
Wandering Amor you like it,
With the vivandiere vispe:
Always happy, always gay
It has a beautiful one hundred,
Of constancy does not bore,
You do not lose to sigh.
Believe in me; true joy
Accompany the militar.

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