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Non piu di fiori

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:

2.21

Previous scene: Ecco il punto
Next scene: Che del ciel che degli Dei

Joyce DiDonato - Non piu di fiori

Singer: Joyce DiDonato

Joyce DiDonato as Vitellia in Mozart's La Clemenza Di Tito. Recorded in 2002 with Eric Hoeprich on clarinet and Frans Bruggen conducting. This recording is really the best recording of this aria I have heard. She conveys the angry, regretful, and retrospective sides of the aria to perfection while maintaining a even tone and volume throughout her range. Almost every single singer in the aria, mezzo or soprano, with the exception of Kasarova, cannot hit the low G with an even tone but Joyce simply nails it!

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

Recitative

VITELLIA
Ecco il punto, o Vitellia,
d'esaminar la tua costanza: avrai
valor che basti a riminar esangue
il tuo Sesto fedel? Sesto, che t'ama
piu della vita sua? Che per tua colpa
divenne reo? Che t'ubbidi crudele?
Che ingiusta t'adoro? Che in faccia a morte
si gran fede ti serba, e tu frattanto
non ignota a te stessa, andrai tranquilla
al talamo d'Augusto? Ah mi vedrei
sempre Sesto d'intorno; e ll'aure, e i sassi
ternerei che loquaci
mi scoprissero a Tito. A' piedi suoi
vadasi il tutto a palesar, Si scemi
il delitto di Sesto,
se scursa non si puo,
col fallo mio.
D'impero e d'imenei, speranze, addio.

Aria

VITELLIA
Non piu di fiori
Vaghe catene
Discenda Imene
Ad intrecciar.

Stretta fra barbare
Aspre ritorte
Veggo la morte
Ver me avanzar.

Infelice! qual orrore!
Ah di me che si dira?
Chi vedesse il mio dolore,
Pur avria di me pieta.

(parte)

English Libretto or Translation:

Recitative

VITELLIA
Now is the moment, O Vitellia,
to test your firmess: will you have
sufficient courage to look upon
your faithful Sextus lifeless? Sextus, who loves you
more than his own life, who for your sake
committed a crime, who obeyed you, cruel one,
and adored you, unjust as you are;
who in the face of death remains so true to you,
while you, aware of this, calmly go
to Caesar's bridal bed? Ah, I should always see
Sextus near me and fear the breezes and the stones
might speak
and betray me to Titus.
Let me go and confess all at his feet.
Let Sextus's crime,
If it cannot be forgiven, be lessened through my guilt.
Ah farewell, hopes of dominion and marriage!

Aria

VITELLIA
No more
shall Hymen descend
to weave
fair garlands of flowers.

Bound in harsh,
cruel chains,
I see death
advance towards me.

O wretched me! How horrible!
Ah, what will be said of me?
Yet he who could see my distress
would have pity on me.

Exit

Sheetmusic in our database with this aria

Mozart Opera Arias: SopranoOperatic Anthology: Mezzo-Soprano

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