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Cruda funesta smania

Opera details:

Opera title:

Lucia di Lammermoor

Composer:

Gaetano Donizetti

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

Lucia di Lammermoor Synopsis

Libretto:

Lucia di Lammermoor Libretto

Translation(s):

English Deutsch

Duet details:

Type:

duet

Role(s):

Lord Enrico Ashton / Normanno

Voice(s):

Baritone / Tenor

Act:

1.04

Previous scene: E n'ho ben d'onde
Next scene: Il tuo dubbio e ormai

Robert Merrill: Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor, 'Cruda, funesta smania'

Singer(s): Jussi Björling Giovanni Martinelli Robert Merrill

Robert Merrill (June 4, 1917 -- October 23, 2004) was an American operatic baritone, who was also active in the musical theatre circuit. He received the National Medal of Arts in 1993. Merrill's 1944 operatic debut was in Verdi's Aida at Newark, New Jersey, with the famous tenor Giovanni Martinelli, then in the later stages of his long operatic career. Merrill, who had continued his vocal studies under Samuel Margolis made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as winner of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions of the Air in 1945, as Germont in La traviata. Also in 1945, Robert Merrill recorded a 78rpm record set with Jeanette MacDonald featuring selections from the operetta Up In Central Park; MacDonald and Merrill did two duets together on this album. In 1951, Merrill did a series of duet recordings together with the Swedish tenor Jussi Björling, including the world-renowned recording of "Au fond du temple saint" from the opera Les pêcheurs de perles by Georges Bizet. Again in 1952 Merrill and Björling, as well as Victoria de los Ángeles made a widely admired recording of Puccini's La bohème, conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham. In 1953, Merrill, Björling, de los Angeles and Zinka Milanov recorded the complete Pagliacci and Cavalleria rusticana...

Lyrics & English Translation

A cruel and bloody feeling
You have awoken in me!
Horrible, too horrible
Is this dreaded doubt!
It turns my heart cold and anxious...
It raises my hair.
Shame, shame on you,my sister!
Rather than discover you guilty
of such a wicked love,
To see you struck down by lightening
would be the lesser of two evils.


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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

ENRICO
Cruda ... funesta, smania
Tu m' hai destata in petto!
E troppo, è troppo orribile
Questo fatal sospetto!
Mi fa gelare e fremere!
Mi si solleva il criu!
Colma di tanto obbrobrio
Chi suora mia nascéa! -
Pria che d' amor si perfido
A me svelarti rea
Se ti colpisse un fulmine;
Fora men rio dolor.

NORMANNO
Pietoso al tuo decoro,
Io fui con te crudel!

RAIMONDO
La tua clemenza imploro.
Tu lo smentisci, o ciel!

English Libretto or Translation:

ENRICO
A cruel, deadly frenzy
you have roused in my heart!
Too, too horrible
is this fatal suspicion!
I freeze and tremble,
and my hair stands on end, ah!
etc.
So shameful is she
who was born my sister!

NORMANNO
Cherishing your honour,
I had to be cruel to you.

RAIMONDO
(aside)
Your clemency I implore;
say that it is not so, oh heaven!

ENRICO
Ah, rather than see you guilty
of so perfidious a love,
if you were struck by a thunderbolt,
my grief would be less bitter,
etc.

NORMANNO and RAIMONDO
Oh heaven!

NORMANNO
I had to be cruel to you.

RAIMONDO
Say that it is not so, ah heaven!

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