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Non mi dir bell'idol mio

Opera details:

Opera title:

Don Giovanni

Composer:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

Don Giovanni Synopsis

Libretto:

Don Giovanni Libretto

Translation(s):

English Deutsch

Aria details:

Type:

aria

Role(s):

Donna Anna

Voice(s):

Soprano

Act:

2.17b

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Eleanor Steber: Mozart - Don Giovanni, 'Crudele Non mi dir... bell'idol mio'

Singer: Eleanor Steber

Eleanor Steber (July 17, 1914 – October 3, 1990) was an American operatic soprano. Steber is noted as one of the first major opera stars to have achieved the highest success with training and a career based in the United States. Eleanor Steber was born in Wheeling, West Virginia on July 17, 1914. She was the daughter of William Charles Steber, Sr. (1888–1966) and Ida Amelia (née Nolte) Steber (1885–1985). She had two younger siblings – William Charles Steber, Jr. (1917–2002) and Lucile Steber Leslie (1918–1999). She made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1940 and was one of its leading artists through 1961. She was known for her large, flexible silvery voice, particularly in the high-lying soprano roles of Richard Strauss. She was equally well known for her lyrical portrayals of Mozart's heroines, many in collaboration with conductor Bruno Walter. Beyond Mozart and Strauss her repertoire was quite varied. She was noted for success in the music of Wagner, Alban Berg, Giacomo Puccini and also in French opera. Steber sang the lead in the world premiere of the American opera Vanessa by Samuel Barber. She was also featured in a number of Metropolitan Opera premieres, including Strauss's Arabella, Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and Berg's Wozzeck. . Outside the Metropolitan her career included a 1953 engagement at the Bayreuth Wagner Festival, where her performance as Elsa in Lohengrin was highly acclaimed and recorded by Decca Records. She sang with Arturo Toscanini in his 1944 NBC Symphony broadcast of Beethoven's Fidelio. In 1954 at the Florence May Festival she sang a celebrated performance of Minnie in Puccini's La fanciulla del West with conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos. With Serge Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra she sang the world premiere in 1948 of Samuel Barber's Knoxville, Summer of 1915, a work which she commissioned...

Lyrics & English Translation

. DONNA ANNA
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.


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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

Crudele?
Ah no, giammai mio ben!
Troppo mi spiace allontanarti
un ben che lungamente
la nostr'alma desia...
Ma il mondo, o Dio!
Non sedur la costanza
del sensibil mio core;
ahbastanza per te mi parla amore

Non mi dir, bell'idol mio,
Che son io crudel con te.
Tu ben sai quant'io t'amai,
Tu conosci la mia fe'.
Calma, calma il tuo tormento,
Se di duol non vuoi ch'io mora.
Forse un giorno il cielo ancora
Sentirà  pietà  di me.

English Libretto or Translation:

I cruel?
Ah no, my dearest!
It grieves me much to postpone
a bliss we have for long desired...
But what would the world say?
Do not tempt the fortitude
of my tender heart,
which already pleads your loving cause.

Say not, my beloved,
that I am cruel to you:
you must know how much I loved you,
and you know what I am true.
Calm your torments,
if you would not have me die of grief.
One day, perhaps, Heaven again
will smile on me.

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Operatic Anthology: SopranoPrima Donna's AlbumCantolopera: Arias for Soprano Volume 3Mozart Opera Arias: Soprano

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