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Donna non vidi mai

Opera details:

Opera title:

Manon Lescaut

Composer:

Giacomo Antonio Puccini

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

Manon Lescaut Synopsis

Libretto:

Manon Lescaut Libretto

Translation(s):

English Deutsch

Aria details:

Type:

aria

Role(s):

Chevalier des Grieux

Voice(s):

Tenor

Act:

1.06

Previous scene: Cortese damigella il priego
Next scene: La tua ventura ci rassicura

Mario Del Monaco: Puccini - Manon Lescaut, 'Donna non vidi mai'

Singer: Mario Del Monaco

Mario Del Monaco (27 July 1915 – 16 October 1982) was an Italian operatic tenor who earned worldwide acclaim for his powerful voice. That career began in earnest with Del Monaco's debut on 31 December 1940 as Pinkerton at the Puccini Theater in Milan. (His initial appearance in an opera had occurred the previous year, however, in Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana in Pesaro.) He sang in Italy during the Second World War and married, in 1941, Rina Filipini. In 1946, he appeared at London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, for the first time. During the ensuing years he became famous not only in London but also across the operatic world for his powerful voice. It was almost heldentenor-like in scope but Del Monaco was no Wagnerian, confining his activities overwhelmingly to the Italian repertoire. Del Monaco sang at the New York Metropolitan Opera from 1951 to 1959, enjoying particular success in dramatic Verdi parts such as Radamès. He soon established himself as one of four Italian tenor superstars who reached the peak of their fame in the 1950s and '60s, the others being Giuseppe Di Stefano, Carlo Bergonzi and Franco Corelli. Del Monaco's trademark roles during this period were Giordano's Andrea Chénier and Verdi's Otello. He first tackled Otello in 1950 and kept refining his interpretation throughout his career. It is said that he sang Otello an astonishing 427 times. However, the book published by Elisabetta Romagnolo, Mario Del Monaco, Monumentum aere perennius, Azzali 2002, lists only 218 appearances by him as Otello, which is a more realistic figure. Aptly, the tenor was buried in his Otello costume. Although Otello was his best role, throughout his career, Del Monaco sang a number of other roles with great acclaim, for example: Canio in Pagliacci (Leoncavallo), Radames in Aida (Verdi), Don Jose in Carmen (Bizet), Chenier in Andrea Chénier (Giordano), Manrico in Il trovatore (Verdi), Samson in Samson and Delilah (Saint-Saëns), and Don Alvaro in La forza del destino (Verdi). Del Monaco made his first recordings in Milan in 1948 for HMV. Later, he was partnered by Renata Tebaldi in a long series of Verdi and Puccini operas recorded for Decca. On the same label was his 1969 recording of Giordano's Fedora, opposite Magda Olivero and Tito Gobbi...

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

S'interrompe. Vede Lescaut che sarà venuto sul balcone dell'osteria e frettolosamente lo raggiunge. Des Grieux avrà seguito Manon collo sguardo.

DES GRIEUX
Donna non vidi mai simile a questa!
A dirle: io t'amo,
a nuova vita l'alma mia si desta.
"Manon Lescaut mi chiamo!"
Come queste parole profumate
mi vagan nello spirto
e ascose fibre vanno a carezzare.
O sussurro gentil, deh! non cessare! …
"Manon Lescaut mi chiamo!"
Sussurro gentil. deh! non cessar!

English Libretto or Translation:

He pauses. He sees Lescaut who will have come to the balcony of the tavern and hastened himIt reaches. Des Grieux will have followed Manon's neck.

DES GRIEUX
Woman I never saw anything like this!
To tell you: I love you,
to a new life my soul awakens.
"Manon Lescaut my name is!"
Like these scented words
I wander in the spirit
and ascose fibers go to caress.
O gentle whisper, deh! do not cease! ...
"Manon Lescaut my name is!"
Gentle gentleman. deh! do not cease!

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Sheetmusic in our database with this aria

Operatic Anthology: TenorAnthology of Italian Opera: TenorModern Tenor Operatic AlbumPuccini: Arias for Tenor Volume 1Puccini Gold: Arias for TenorPuccini: Arias for Tenor