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Se all impero

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Opera title:

La Clemenza di Tito


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart




La Clemenza di Tito Synopsis


La Clemenza di Tito Libretto


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Joyce DiDonato Master Class 2015: Mozart’s “Se all’impero amici Dei” from La clemenza di Tito

Singer: Joyce DiDonato

Renowned mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato coaches Gerard Schneider on Mozart’s “Se all’impero amici Dei” from La clemenza di Tito in the Resnick Education Wing as part of Carnegie Hall’s Workshops and Master Classes series. Visit
Winner of the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo, Kansas-born Joyce DiDonato entrances audiences across the globe, and has been proclaimed “perhaps the most potent female singer of her generation” by The New Yorker. DiDonato has soared to the top of the industry both as a performer and a fierce advocate for the arts, gaining international prominence in operas by Handel and Mozart, as well as through her wide-ranging, acclaimed discography. She is also widely praised for her performances of bel canto roles of Rossini and Donizetti—the Financial Times judged her recent performances as Elena in La donna del lago as “simply the best singing I’ve heard in years.”

Watch videos with other singers performing Se all impero:


Se all'impero, amici Dei,
Necessario e un cor severo;
O togliete a me l'impero,
O a me date un altro cor.

Se la fe de' regni miei
Coll'amr non assicuro:
D'una fede non mi curo,
Che sia frutto del timor.

English Libretto or Translation:

If a hard heart is necessary to a ruler,
ye benevolent gods,
either take the empire from me
or give me another heart.

If I cannot assure the loyalty
of my realms by love,
I care not for a loyalty
that is born of fear.

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