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Avant de quitter ces lieux

Opera details:

Opera title:

Faust

Composer:

Charles Gounod

Language:

French

Synopsis:

Faust Synopsis

Libretto:

Faust Libretto

Translation(s):

English Deutsch

Aria details:

Type:

aria

Role(s):

Valentin

Voice(s):

Baritone

Act:

2.03

Previous scene: O toi sainte médaille
Next scene: Allons amis point de vaines

Charles Gounod - Faust - Avant de quitter ces lieux

Singer: Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Charles-Francois Gounod - Faust, Act I: Avant de quitter ces lieux - Before leaving this place - Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Painting - Vision of Faust (1890)
Artist - Franciszek Żmurko

Faust is a grand opera in five acts by Charles Gounod to a French libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré from Carré's play Faust et Marguerite, in turn loosely based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust, Part 1. It debuted at the Théâtre Lyrique on the Boulevard du Temple in Paris on 19 March 1859.

Synopsis:

Setting: A celebration in a public square in a German city, 16th century.

Valentin has been called off to war. He is not worried about what will happen to him because of the sacred medallion that he has been given. He is, however, worried because there will no one protect his sister while he is gone. He asks God to take care of her while he fights. He declares that he shall fight valiantly for his country and if he dies, he prays that he will be allowed to watch over his sister from Heaven.

Libretto by Jules Barbier

O sainte médaille,
Qui me viens de ma sœur,
Au jour de la bataille,
Pour écarter la mort,
Reste là sur mon cœur!

Avant de quitter ces lieux,
Sol natal de mes aïeux,
A toi, Seigneur et Roi des cieux,
Ma sœur je confie.
Daigne de tout danger
Toujours la protéger,
Cette soeur, si chérie.
Délivré d'une triste pensée
J'irai chercher la gloire au sein des ennemis,
Le premier, le plus brave au fort de la mêlée,
J'irai combattre pour mon pays.
Et si, vers lui, Dieu me rappelle,
Je veillerai sur toi fidèle,
Ô Marguerite.
Avant de quitter ces lieux, etc.
Ô Roi des cieux, lève les yeux,
Protège Marguerite, ô Roi des cieux!

English translation:

O, holy medal
Which comes to me from my sister,
On the day of battle, to guard against death,
Stay on my heart.

Before leaving this place,
Native soil of my ancestors,
To you, Lord and King of Heaven
My sister I entrust.
Deign from all danger
always, always to protect her,
This sister, so dear,
deign from all danger to protect her,
Deign to protect her from all danger!
Delivered from a sad thought,
I will go in search of glory,
Glory in the midst of enemies,
The first, the bravest,
In the heat of the fray,
I will go to do combat for my country,
And if, to him, God calls me back,
I will watch over you loyally,
Oh, Marguerite!
Before leaving this place,
Native soil of my ancestors,
To you, Lord and King of Heaven,
I entrust my sister!
Oh King of Heaven, look down (on her),
Protect Marguerite, King of Heaven!

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

VALENTIN
Avant de quitter ces lieux,
Sol natal de mes aïeux
A toi, seigneur et Roi des cieux
Ma sœur je confie,
Daigne de tout danger
Toujours, toujours la protéger
Cette sœur si cherie!
Délivré d'une triste pensée
J'irai chercher la gloire, la gloire au seins des ennemis,
Le premier, le plus brave au fort de la mêlée,
J'irai combattre pour mon pays.
Et si vers lui, Dieu me rappelle,
Je veillerai sur toi fidèle,
O Marguerite!

Avant de quitter ces lieux,
Sol natal de mes aïeux,
A toi, seigneur et Roi des cieux,
Ma sœur je confie!
O Roi des cieux, jette les yeux,
Protège Marguerite, Roi des cieux!

English Libretto or Translation:

VALENTIN
Before I leave this town,
My forefathers' native place,
To you, Lord and King of Heaven,
Do I entrust my sister.
I beg you to defend her
From every peril,
My beloved sister.
Freed from this harrowing thought,
I shall seek glory in the enemy's ranks,
The first, the bravest, in the thick of the fray,
I shall go and fight for my country.
And if God should call me to his side,
I shall faithfully watch over you,
O Marguerite.
Before I leave, etc.
O King of Heaven, hear my prayer
And defend Marguerite,
O King of Heaven.

Sheetmusic in our database with this aria

G. Schirmer Opera Anthology: Arias for BaritoneG. Schirmer Opera Anthology: Diction Coach - Arias for BaritoneOperatic Anthology: Baritone