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Dis moi que je suis belle

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Jules Massenet




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Previous scene: L'amour est une vertu rare
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Jules Massenet – THAÏS – Scène du miroir: ‘Dis-moi que je suis belle’ (Renée Fleming)

Singer: Renée Fleming

Comédie lyrique en 3 actes et 7 tableaux
Composer : Jules Massenet (1842–1912)
Libretto : Louis Gallet, after Anatole France’s novel (1890)
First performance : Opéra Garnier, Paris, 16 March 1894 ; revised 13 April 1898

SETTING : Alexandria and surroundings, 4th century AD

PLOT: The Coenobite monk Athanaël converts the courtesan Thaïs but falls in love with her. She dies as a saint, while he succumbs to lust and falls in despair at her feet.

No. 6 – Scène du miroir: ‘Dis-moi que je suis belle’
Alone in her house after a party, Thaïs is unhappy. She is tired of life; men are indifferent and brutal, women are wicked, and the hours are heavy. Where will she find rest and happiness? She looks in a mirror, and wants it to tell her that she will always be beautiful; but she knows that she will age, that she will lose her looks, and that one day she will no longer be Thaïs. She calls on Venus to make her forever young and beautiful.

Thaïs, comédienne et courtisane / actress and courtesan (soprano) : Renée Fleming

Conductor : Yves Abel
Orchestra National Bordeaux Aquitaine
Bordeaux, 1997–1998

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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