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Dis moi que je suis belle

Opera details:

Opera title:

Thais

Composer:

Jules Massenet

Language:

French

Synopsis:

Thais Synopsis

Libretto:

Thais Libretto

Translation(s):

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Aria details:

Type:

aria

Role(s):

Thaïs

Voice(s):

Soprano

Act:

2

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Virginia Zeani: Massenet - Thais, 'Ah! je suis seule... Dis-moi que je suis belle'

Singer: Virginia Zeani

Virginia Zeani (born 21 October 1925) is a Romanian soprano, particularly associated with the Italian repertory, especially the role of (Violetta) in La traviata. In her early career she won considerable success in bel canto roles such as Lucia di Lammermoor, (Gilda) in Rigoletto, (Elvira) in I Puritani, and the title role in Linda di Chamounix, and lighter lyric roles such as Massenet's ("Manon") and (Marguerite) in Gounod's Faust. As her voice matured she gradually turned to more dramatic roles including Puccini's Manon Lescaut, Madama Butterfly and Tosca, and verismo operas including "Fedora" and Adriana Lecouvreur. She tackled more Verdi roles including (Aida), (Desdemona), (Elisabetta), (Alzira) and (Lina) in Stiffelio, as well as two Wagnerian heroines, (Elsa) in Lohengrin and (Senta) in "The Flying Dutchman". She created the role of (Blanche) in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites in 1957 at La Scala, later performing his solo masterpiece for soprano La Voix Humaine. In 1972 she enjoyed one of her greatest successes as (Magda) in Gian Carlo Menotti's The Consul. In all she sang some 69 major roles and only ever cancelled two performances. She sang with many famous colleagues including tenors Beniamino Gigli, Mario Filippeschi, Ferruccio Tagliavini, Carlo Bergonzi, Nicolai Gedda, Alfredo Kraus, Jon Vickers, Luciano Pavarotti, and Plácido Domingo, mezzo sopranos Giulietta Simionato, Fedora Barbieri, Shirley Verrett, Lili Chookasian, Grace Bumbry, baritones Gino Bechi, Tito Gobbi. Nicolae Herlea and basses Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Boris Christoff, etc. Zeani retired from the operatic stage in 1982, but, together with her husband, Nicola Rossi Lemeni, in 1980 began to teach singing at the music school in Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. The couple were later both honored as "Distinguished Professors". In 2010, having now taught for thirty years, the magazine Classical Singer named her Teacher of the Year. She was the recipient of many major awards including Commendatore of the Italian Republic. In 2010, King Michael of Romania awarded her his highest honour, "Nihil sine Deo", and in May 2011 she travelled to the Elisabeta Palace in Bucharest where he invested her with the award...

Lyrics & English Translation

Ah! I am alone,
alone at last! All
these men are unfeeling
and gross. The women
are spiteful and the
hours weigh heavily...
My soul is empty...
Where can I find rest?
And how can I preserve
happiness? O my
faithful mirror, comfort me!

Tell me that I am fair,
and that! shall be fair
for ever!
For ever!
That nothing will ever
wither my rosy lips,
that nothing will tarnish
my pure golden hair!
Tell me! Tell me!
Tell me that I am fair,
and that I shall be fair
for ever! For ever! Ah!
I shall be fair for ever!

Ah! Be silent,
pitiless voice,
the voice that tells me:
"Thais, you will grow old...
Thais, you will grow old...
And one day, Thais will
be Thais no longer..."
No! No! I cannot believe it.
O Venus, reassure me of
my beauty! Venus, reassure
me that it will last for
ever! Venus, unseen yet
present! Venus,
enchantment in the
shadows! Venus! Reassure
me, reassure me! Tell me
that I am fair, and that I
shall be fair for ever! For
ever! That nothing will
ever wither my rosy lips,
that nothing will tarnish
my pure golden hair!
Tell me! Tell me! Tell me
that I am fair, and that I
shall be fair for ever!
For ever! Ah! I shall
be fair for ever!


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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

Dis-moi que je suis belle
Et que je serai belle éternellement!
Que rien ne flétrira les roses de mes lèvres,
Que rien ne ternira l'or pur de mes cheveux!
Dis-le moi! Dis-le moi!
Ah! Tais-toi, voix impitoyable,
Voix que me dis: Thaïs, tu vieilliras!
Un jour, ainsi, Thaïs ne serait plus Thaïs!
Non! Non! je n'y puis croire,
Toi Vénus,
Réponds-moi de ma beauté!
Vénus réponds-moi de son éternité!
Vénus, invisible et présente!
Vénus, enchantement de l'ombre!
Vénus! Réponds-moi!

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