Měsíčku no nebi hlubokém (Song to the Moon)

Opera details:

Opera title:

Rusalka

Composer:

Antonin Dvorak

Language:

Czech

Synopsis:

Rusalka Synopsis

Libretto:

Rusalka Libretto

Translation(s):

English Deutsch

Aria details:

Also known as:

Song to the Moon

Type:

aria

Role(s):

Rusalka

Voice(s):

Soprano

Act:

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Lucia Popp - A. Dvořák "Rusalka" Act l, Rusalka "Song to the Moon"

Singer: Lucia Popp

A. Dvořák "Rusalka"
Act l, Rusalka "Song to the Moon"
Rusalka - Lucia Popp
Conductor - Stefan Soltesz
Munich Radio Orchestra (1988)

Tribute to Great Soprano Lucia Popp on her birthday, 12 November

Rusalka (Czech) is an opera by Antonín Dvořák. The Czech libretto was written by the poet Jaroslav Kvapil (18681950) based on the fairy tales of Karel Jaromír Erben and Božena Němcová; a Rusalka is a water sprite of Slavic mythology, usually inhabiting a lake or river.

The opera was first performed in Prague on 31 March 1901, with Růžena Maturová as the first Rusalka. It became an enormous success in Czech lands, and soon gained success also abroad.

Synopsis

Act l
-A meadow by the edge of a lake
Three wood-sprites tease the Water-Goblin, ruler of the lake. Rusalka, the Water-Goblin's daughter, tells her father she has fallen in love with a human Prince who comes to swim in the lake, and she wants to become human to embrace him. He tells her it is a bad idea but nonetheless steers her to a witch, Ježibaba, for assistance. Rusalka sings her Song to the Moon, asking it to tell the Prince of her love. Ježibaba tells Rusalka that if she becomes human and is betrayed by the prince, both she and the prince will be eternally damned, and that Rusalka will lose the power of speech when human. Rusalka agrees to the terms and drinks a potion. The Prince, hunting a white doe, finds Rusalka, embraces her, and leads her away, as her father and sisters lament.

Act 2
-The garden of the Prince's castle
A Gamekeeper and his nephew, the Kitchen-Boy, note that the Prince is to be married to a mute and nameless bride, suspecting witchcraft and doubting it will last, as the prince is already lavishing attentions on a Foreign Princess who is a wedding guest. The Foreign Princess, jealous, curses the couple. The prince rejects Rusalka. The Water-Goblin takes Rusalka back to his pond. The Foreign Princess, having successfully won the Prince's affection, now scorns it.

Act 3
-A meadow by the edge of a lake
Rusalka asks Ježibaba for a solution to her woes and is told she can save herself if she kills the Prince with the dagger she is given. Rusalka rejects this, throwing the dagger into the lake. Rusalka becomes a bludička, a spirit of death living in the depths of the lake, emerging only to lure humans to their deaths. The Gamekeeper and the Kitchen Boy consult Ježibaba about the Prince, who, they say, has been betrayed by Rusalka. The Water-Goblin says that the Prince betrayed Rusalka. The wood-sprites mourn Rusalka's plight. The Prince, searching for his white doe, comes to the lake, senses Rusalka, and calls for her. He asks her to kiss him, even knowing her kiss means death and damnation. They kiss and he dies; and the Water-Goblin comments that "All sacrifices are futile". Rusalka thanks the Prince for letting her experience human love, commends his soul to God, and returns to her place in the depths of the lake as a demon of death.

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

RUSALKA
Měsíčku no nebi hlubokém,
světlo tvé daleko vidí,
po světě bloudíš širokém,
díváš se v příbytky lidí.
Měsíčku, postůj chvíli,
řekni mi, kde je můj milý!
Řekni mu, stříbrný měsíčku,
mé že jej objímá rámě,
aby si alespoň chviličku
vzpomenul ve snění no mne.
Zasvit mu do daleka,
řekni mu, kdo tu naň čeká!
O mně-li duše lidská sní,
af se tou vzpomínkou vzbudí!
Měsíčku, nezhasni, nezhasni!

English Libretto or Translation:

RUSALKA
Moon high and deep in the sky
Your light travels far,
You travel around the wide world,
and see into people’s homes.
Moon, stand still a little while
and tell me where is my dear.
Tell him, silvery moon,
that I am embracing him.
For at last momentarily
Let him recall dreaming of me.
Illuminate him from far away
and tell him, tell him who is waiting for him.
If his human soul is really dreaming of me,
may the memory awaken him!
Moon, don’t disappear, don’t disappear!
 
 
Translation by: Marc Verzatt 

Sheetmusic in our database with this aria

G. Schirmer Opera Anthology: Arias for Soprano Volume 2G. Schirmer Opera Anthology: Diction Coach Arias for Soprano Volume 2