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Vedro mentr'io sospiro

Opera details:

Opera title:

Le Nozze di Figaro

Composer:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

Le Nozze di Figaro Synopsis

Libretto:

Le Nozze di Figaro Libretto

Translation(s):

English

Aria details:

Type:

aria

Role(s):

Count Almaviva

Voice(s):

Baritone

Act:

3.05

Previous scene: Hai gia vinta la causa
Next scene: E decisa la lite

Tito Gobbi: Mozart - Le Nozze di Figaro, 'Hai già vinta la causa... Vedro mentr'io sospiro'

Singer: Tito Gobbi

Tito Gobbi (24 October 1913 -- 5 March 1984) was an Italian operatic baritone with an international reputation. Gobbi's international career blossomed after the Second World War, with appearances in 1948 at the San Francisco Opera. He performed for the first time at London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 1950 and sang with the Lyric Opera of Chicago from 1954 until 1974. The year 1974 also saw the last of Gobbi's numerous appearances at Covent Garden, where he had been much admired by the public and critics alike for his sensitive musicianship as well as for his acting talent and interpretive insights. In his early career he appeared in a number of motion pictures, including some filmed operas such as The Barber of Seville and also the popular 1948 British drama set in wartime Italy, The Glass Mountain, which made him known to a wide public. By the time of his death he had appeared in some 25 films, in both singing and speaking parts. During the 1960s, Gobbi diversified into stage directing, a notable example being his 1965 production of Verdi's Simon Boccanegra at Covent Garden. He made many recordings, too, beginning in the 1940s. Gobbi provided the singing voice for Anthony Quinn as Alfio in the film Cavalleria rusticana (1953). Gobbi famously sang the part of Scarpia in the legendary 1964 Franco Zeffirelli production of Puccini's Tosca at Covent Garden, with soprano Maria Callas in the title role. Act II of the production was filmed and shown on British television, in what must be one of the most acclaimed dramatic interpretations of all recorded operatic repertoire (now preserved on DVD). Gobbi and Callas had previously sung Tosca together in a classic 1953 EMI recording of the opera made in Milan, with Giuseppe Di Stefano as Cavaradossi and Victor de Sabata conducting. That 1953 album was re-issued on long-playing gramophone record and, later, CD. It is considered by many to be the finest recording of a complete opera ever made. It went out of print only once, after Callas recorded the role again in stereo in 1964; but the 1953 mono version was soon re-released and is the one that remains readily available to this day. Gobbi was a close friend and admirer of Callas, and was interviewed several times about their various stage collaborations. In retirement, Gobbi turned to writing. His autobiography, Tito Gobbi: My Life, was published in 1979. The book Tito Gobbi and His World of Italian Opera followed in 1984. He died in Rome that same year, aged 70...

Lyrics & English Translation

"You've won the case already"!
What do I hear?
What trap have I fallen into?
Scoundrels! I'll punish you in this way,
The decision will be how I want it.
But if he pays off the old plaintiff?
Pay her! How?
And then there's Antonio,
Who won't give his niece in
marriage to the nobody Figaro.
To nurture that lamebrain's pride...
Everything's useful for the plot.
The deed is done.

Shall I, while I'm sighing,
See one of my servants happy?
And the good thing I want in vain,
Shall he have it?
Shall I see the woman who woke in me
A feeling she doesn't have for me
United to a vile object
By the hand of love?

Ah no! I won't leave
This happiness in peace,
You weren't born, rash person,
To torture me,
And maybe to laugh
At my unhappiness.
Now only the hope
Of the revenges I'll have
Consoles this soul
And makes me rejoice.



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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

IL CONTE
Hai già vinta la causa! Cosa sento!
In qual laccio io cadea? Perfidi! Io voglio...
Di tal modo punirvi... A piacer mio
la sentenza sarà... Ma s'ei pagasse
la vecchia pretendente?
Pagarla! In qual maniera! E poi v'è Antonio,
che a un incognito Figaro ricusa
di dare una nipote in matrimonio.
Coltivando l'orgoglio
di questo mentecatto...
Tutto giova a un raggiro... il colpo è fatto.

Vedrò mentre io sospiro,
felice un servo mio!
E un ben ch'invan desio,
ei posseder dovrà?
Vedrò per man d'amore
unita a un vile oggetto
chi in me destò un affetto
che per me poi non ha?
Ah no, lasciarti in pace,
non vo' questo contento,
tu non nascesti, audace,
per dare a me tormento,
e forse ancor per ridere
di mia infelicità.
Già la speranza sola
delle vendette mie
quest'anima consola,
e giubilar mi fa.

English Libretto or Translation:

COUNT
We've won our case! What do I hear!
I've fallen into a trap!
The traitors!
I'll punish them so! The sentence
Will be at my pleasure ... But supposing
He has paid off the claims of the old woman?
Paid her? How? ... and then there's Antonio
Who'll refuse to give his niece in marriage
To a Figaro, of whom nothing is known.
If I play on the pride
Of that half-wit ...
Everything favours my plan ...
The dice is cast.

Must I see a serf of mine made happy
While I am left to sigh,
And him possess a treasure
Which I desire in vain?
Must I see her,
Who has roused in me a passion
She does not feel for me,
United by the hand of rlove to a base stave?
Ah no, I will not give you
The satisfaction of this contentment!
You were not born, bold fellow,
To cause me torment
And indeed to laugh
At my discomfiture.
Now only the hope
Of taking vengeance
Eases my mind
And make me rejoice.