Nulla impresa per huom

Opera details:

Opera title:

L' Orfeo

Composer:

Claudio Monteverdi

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

L' Orfeo Synopsis

Libretto:

L' Orfeo Libretto

Translation(s):

English Deutsch

Aria details:

Type:

aria

Role(s):

Spiriti infernali

Voice(s):

Tenor / Bass

Act:

3.10

Previous scene: Ei dorme
Next scene: Signor quell'infelice

Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

CORO di SPIRITI
Nulla impresa per uom si tenta invano,
Né contro a lui più sa Natura armarse,
Ei de l'instabil piano
Arò gl'ondosi campi e 'I seme sparse
Di sue fatiche, ond'aurea messe accolse.
Quinci, perché memoria
Vivesse di sua gloria,
La Fama a dir di lui sua lingua sciolse,
Ch'ei pose freno al mar con fragil legno,
Che sprezzò d'Austro e d'Aquilon lo sdegno.

English Libretto or Translation:

CHORUS of SPIRITS
No enterprise by man is undertaken in vain,
nor can Nature further defend herself against him.
He has ploughed the waving fields
of the uneven plain and scattered the seed
of his labour, whence he has reaped golden harvests.
Wherefore, so that the memory
of his glory shall live,
Fame has loosened her tongue to speak of him
who tamed the sea with fragile barque
and mocked the fury of the winds of the north and south.