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Se vuol ballare

Opera details:

Opera title:

Le Nozze di Figaro


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart




Le Nozze di Figaro Synopsis


Le Nozze di Figaro Libretto



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1966 Salzburg Festival "Le Nozze di Figaro" cinque dieci venti trenta & se vuol ballare

Singer(s): Walter Berry Reri Grist

1966 Salzburg Festival "Le Nozze di Figaro"
-cinque dieci venti trenta
- Retitativo
- Se vuol ballare
Conductor - Karl Böhm
Figaro - Walter Berry
Susanna - Reri Grist
Performance on 11/08/1968

-Salzburg Festival (part 2)-

Post World War II Festivals
The post-war festival slowly regained its prominence as the premier summer opera festival, especially in works by Mozart, with conductor Herbert von Karajan becoming artistic director in 1956. In 1960 the Great Festival Hall (Großes Festspielhaus) opera house opened its doors. As this summer festival gained fame and stature as the premier venue for opera, drama, and classical concert presentation, its musical repertoire concentrated on Mozart and Strauss, but other works, such as Verdi's Falstaff and Beethoven's Fidelio, were also performed.

Upon Karajan's death in 1989, the festival was modernized by director Gerard Mortier, succeeded by Peter Ruzicka in 2001. In 2006, Salzburg celebrated the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth by staging all 22 of his operatic works (including two unfinished operas), to great acclaim. All 22 were filmed and were released to the general public in November 2006. Since 2006 the festival is led by intendant Jürgen Flimm and concert director Markus Hinterhäuser. Alexander Pereira is scheduled to succeed Flimm, future director of the Berlin State Opera, after the 2011 summer festival.

Salzburg Whitsun Festival
The Salzburg Whitsun Festival (Salzburger Pfingstfestspiele) is an extension of the traditional Salzburg Summer Festival established in 1973, performing operas along with works from the great Baroque orchestral repertoire at the Grosses Festspielhaus during Whitsun (or Pentecost) weekend. In 2005, it presented Handel's Acis and Galatea and his oratorio Solomon. Since 2007 the Whitsun Festival is led by artistic director Riccardo Muti.

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Bravo,signor padrone! Ora incomincio
a capir il mistero... e a veder schietto
tutto il vostro progetto: a Londra è vero?
Voi ministro, io corriero, e la Susanna ...
secreta ambasciatrice.
Non sarà, non sarà. Figaro il dice.

No. 3 - Cavatina

Se vuol ballare
Signor Contino,
il chitarrino
le suonerò.
Se vuol venire
nella mia scuola
la capriola
le insegnerò.
Saprò... ma piano,
meglio ogni arcano
scoprir potrò!
L'arte schermendo,
l'arte adoprando,
di qua pungendo,
di là scherzando,
tutte le macchine
Se vuol ballare
Signor Contino,
il chitarrino
le suonerò.

English Libretto or Translation:

feverishly pacing up and down the room, rubbing his hands
Well done, my noble master! Now I begin
To understand the secret ... and to see
Your whole scheme clearly: to London,
Isn't it, you go as minister, I as courier,
And Susanna ... confidential attachée ...
It shall not be: Figaro has said it.


If, my dear Count,
You feel like dancing,
It's I
Who'll call the tune.
If you'lI come
To my school,
I'll teach you
How to caper.
I'll know how... but wait,
I can uncover
His secret design
More easily by dissembling.
Acting stealthily,
Acting openly,
Here stinging,
There mocking,
All your plots
I'll overthrow.

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Operatic Anthology: BassCantolopera: Arias for Bass Volume 2Mozart: Arias for Baritone and BassMozart Arias: Baritone/BassMozart Opera Arias: Baritone/Bass

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