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Deh! se piacer mi vuoi

Opera details:

Opera title:

La Clemenza di Tito

Composer:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

La Clemenza di Tito Synopsis

Libretto:

La Clemenza di Tito Libretto

Translation(s):

English Deutsch

Aria details:

Type:

aria

Role(s):

Vitellia

Voice(s):

Soprano

Act:

1.05

Previous scene: Amico il passo affretta
Next scene: Amico ecco il momento

Hilde Zadek; Deh, se piacer mi vuoi"; LA CLEMENZA DI TITO; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Singer: Hilde Zadek

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Hilde Zadek--soprano
1953
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"Hilde Zadek (1917-2019) had one of the most interesting lives of the past century. Interesting has its downside. For example, in medicine about the worst that can happen to you is to be an interesting case. Born in Bromberg when it was in Prussia (today it’s in Poland), she grew up in Stettin which like Bromberg was German, but is now is also Polish. Being Jewish, she fled Germany to Palestine in 1934. There she studied voice while working as a shoe salesman and as a nurse. In 1945 she moved to Switzerland to study voice at the Zurich Conservatory. While she stayed in Europe, her parents and sisters moved to the US.

She made her operatic debut at the Vienna State Opera in the title role of Aida. Despite appearing in front of an audience containing a large number of unrepentant Nazis predisposed to detest a Jewish soprano, she scored a big success. Though she sang at most of the world’s major opera houses, Vienna was her artistic home for her entire career. She appeared with the company in 786 performances of 39 roles between 1947 to 1971.

Her Met appearances were limited to 8 performances of four operas, all in the 1952-53 season. She got mixed reviews and never returned – whether the choice was hers or the Met’s is unknown to me.

She sang the more lyric Wagner roles. Chrysothemis in Elektra was in her repertoire as was Fidelio. In addition to Aida she appeared in Tosca and the Verdi Requiem. Her voice was that of a solid spinto that as far as I can tell from recordings was not overwhelming in amplitude. For a fine appreciation of her life and career read Jay Nordlinger’s recent article about her. She received numerous honors from her adopted city. They are listed below."; Neil kurtzmann

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1951 Kammersängerin
1965 Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art
1977 Honorary member of the Vienna State Opera
1978 Honorary Medal of Vienna in gold
2007 Honorary doctorate from the University of Music Karlsruhe (on her 90th birthday)
2012 Grand Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

VITELLIA
Deh se piacer mi vuoi,
Lascia i sospetti tuoi;
Non mi stancar con questo
Molesto dubitar.

Chi ciecamente crede,
Impegne a serbar fede;
Chi sempre inganni aspetta
Aletta ad ingannar.

English Libretto or Translation:

VITELLIA
Ah, if you wish to please me,
cast aside your suspicions;
do not weary me
with these irksome doubts.

He who blindly believes
obliges one to keep faith;
he who always expects
to be betrayed invites betrayal.

 

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Mozart Opera Arias: Soprano

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