Anja Harteros (born 23 July 1972) is a German operatic soprano. In 1999, she became the first German to win the Cardiff Singer of the World competition. In the summer of 1999, she won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, which led to many invitations for concerts and guest performances. This was the major breakthrough for her career: since then, she has appeared as a guest at all the major world opera houses, including Frankfurt, Lyon, Amsterdam, Dresden, Paris, Hamburg, Vienna, New York (Metropolitan Opera), Munich, Cologne and Berlin (Deutsche Oper), as well as the Salzburger Festspiele. She has also given concerts and Lieder recitals all over Germany, as well as in Boston, Florence, London, Edinburgh, Vicenza and Tel Aviv. She sang the title role in a new production of Händel's Alcina at the opera festival in Munich in 2005. Her repertoire includes the roles of Mimì (La bohème), Desdemona (Otello), Micaëla (Carmen), Eva (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), Arabella (Arabella), Alice Ford (Falstaff), and Alcina. She sang her first Violetta in La traviata in 2004 and her first Amelia in Simon Boccanegra in 2005 with San Diego Opera...
Lyrics & English Translation
Yes, all now reassures us;
The hand of justice will soon arrest his course
Of guilt and folly, and we shall be aveng'd.
My father, I've lost him!
What is decreed by heaven
We must patiently bear,
Oh, rouse thee, my dearest, from the sad recollection;
Brighter days are before thee, say to-morrow
Thou wilt bless my affection,
Let thy hand be the pledge.
Ah, no, how can'st thou speak of joy when I'm weeping?
Ah then, since faithful love or pray'rs cannot move thee,
Too well I see that thou dost not love me!
Not love thee? Ah, ne'er believe it!
Could I accept, while my tears yet freshly flow,
The blest fulfilment of my heart's dearest wishes?
I cannot, I dare not, ah, nor seek to persuade me,
Till my grief is assuaged,
All my heart is thine own, of that be certain.
Tell me not, oh, thou belov'd one,
That thou'rt constant to me in vain,
That I love thee, ah well thou know'st it,
That I'll ever thine remain,
Stay, oh stay thy fond misgiving,
Doubt me not, oh I conjure thee;
Love and hope do both, do both assure me,
That kind heaven yet will smile, will smile again.
I send my kind and warm regards,