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O tu ch'innanzi morte

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):

Caronte

Voice(s):

Bass

Act:

3.05

Previous scene: Dove, ah dove te n' vai
Next scene: Possente Spirto

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

CARONTE
O tu ch'innanzi morte a queste rive
Temerario ten vieni, arresta i passi;
Solcar quest'onde ad uom mortal non dassi,
Né può co'morti albergo aver chi vive.
Che? vuoi forse, nemico al mio Signore,
Cerbero trar da le tartaree porte?
O rapir brami sua cara consorte,
D'impudico desire acceso il core?
Pon freno al folle ardir, ch'entr'al mio legno
Non accorrò più mai corporea salma
Sì degli antichi oltraggi ancor ne l'alma
Serbo acerba memoria e giusto sdegno.

English Libretto or Translation:

CHARON
O you who rashly approach these shores
before death, stay your steps;
it is not given to mortal man to plough these waves,
nor can the living have shelter with the dead.
What? Perhaps, as an enemy of my lord,
you wish to drag Cerberus from the gates of Tartarus?
Or, your heart inflamed with lewd desire,
you long to abduct his dear consort?
Curb your foolish presumption, for never more
shall living body enter my boat,
for I still retain in my soul bitter memories
of former outrages, and just anger.

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G. Schirmer American Aria Anthology: Baritone/Bass

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