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Or sai chi l'onore

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:

1.17c

Previous scene: Allora rinforzo i stridi miei
Next scene: Come mai creder deggio

Dame Joan Sutherland: Mozart - Don Giovanni, 'Don Ottavio... Or sai chi l'onore'

Singer: Joan Sutherland

Dame Joan Alston Sutherland, OM, AC, DBE (7 November 1926 - 10 October 2010) was an Australian dramatic coloratura soprano noted for her contribution to the renaissance of the bel canto repertoire from the late 1950s through to the 1980s. One of the most remarkable female opera singers of the 20th century, she was dubbed La Stupenda by a La Fenice audience in 1960 after a performance of the title role in Handel's Alcina. She possessed a voice of beauty and power, combining extraordinary agility, accurate intonation, "supremely" pinpoint staccatos, a splendid trill and a tremendous upper register, although music critics often complained about the imprecision of her diction. Her friend Luciano Pavarotti once called Sutherland the "Voice of the Century"; Montserrat Caballé described the Australian's voice as being like "heaven"...

Lyrics & English Translation

DONNA ANNA
Don Octavio, oh help me!

DON OCTAVIO
What disturbs thee?

DONNA ANNA
I cannot comprehend it yet!

DON OCTAVIO
My dearest, say, what hath happened?

DONNA ANNA
Oh, heaven! Oh, heaven!
That was the murderer of my dear Father!

DON OCTAVIO
What say'st thou?

DONNA ANNA
No longer can I doubt - his words at parting -
His soft and honey'd voice - all bring before me,
Past the chance of a doubt,
The vile intruder, who dar'd into my chamber.

DON OCTAVIO
Heav'n, is't possible,
That 'neath the sacred mantle of long friendship...
But proceed, the whole, oh, tell me,
Of this dark adventure.

DONNA ANNA
Shadows of midnight all around me were gathered;
In my own quiet chamber
Sitting alone,
By misadventure and dreaming,
When all at once there came in, wrapp'd in a mantle,
A man, whom for the moment I had taken for thee.
But soon I had discovered
How great was my error!

DON OCTAVIO
Horror, continue!

DONNA ANNA
Silent he drew near me,
And my hand would caress,
Quick I withdrew it, and then he seized me... I struggled;
No one was near, one hand upon my mouth he placed,
My screaming to stifle, with the other he press'd me
Close in his grasp - I scarcely could resist him.

DON OCTAVIO
Miscreant! And then?

DONNA ANNA
At last my dread,
My horror of the bastardly ruffian lent strength
Unwonted for the moment,
I struggled with tortuous writhings fearfully,
With an effort I flung him from me.

DON OCTAVIO
Oh, joy! That sav'd thee!

DONNA ANNA
Aloud then I clamour'd for assistance,
Call'd on the household, he sought to fly,
But boldly I pursued him into the street,
That we might trace him,
(Becoming of my assailant assailer,)
'Twas there that my father straight-way challeng'd him,
And the villain, by whose strength he was easily overpower'd,
Stay'd not his guilty madness, gave him the deathblow.

The wretch now thou knowest,
Who sought my betraying,
And vengeance thou owest
My father's, my father's foul slaying.
For justice I sue thee;
I ask of thy troth, I ask of thy troth.
Remember when wounded,
His lifeblood was flowing,
Unsolaced, unshriven,
He heard not, he heard not my crying,
My heart will be riven,
If thou break thy oath.

DON OTTAVIO - Nicolai Gedda


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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

DONNA ANNA
Or sai chi l'onore
Rapire a me volse,
Chi fu il traditore
Che il padre mi tolse.
Vendetta ti chiedo,
La chiede il tuo cor.
Rammenta la piaga
Del misero seno,
Rimira di sangue
Coperto il terreno.
Se l'ira in te langue
D'un giusto furor.

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English Libretto or Translation:

The wretch now thou knowest,
Who sought my betraying,
And vengeance thou owest
My father's, my father's foul slaying.
For justice I sue thee;
I ask of thy troth, I ask of thy troth.
Remember when wounded,
His lifeblood was flowing,
Unsolaced, unshriven,
He heard not, he heard not my crying,
My heart will be riven,
If thou break thy oath.

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