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Guardate, pazzo son

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Opera title:

Manon Lescaut


Giacomo Antonio Puccini




Manon Lescaut Synopsis


Manon Lescaut Libretto


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Chevalier des Grieux





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Giuseppe Taccani - Guardate, pazzo son!

Singer: Pasquale Amato

Giuseppe Taccani (1882-1959) was born in Milan and studied with the celebrated baritone Lelio Casini. His debut came about in February of 1904 at the Sociale di Lecco as des Grieux in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. He followed this with Fra Diavolo at Lugano in April. Within a year, he was appearing at Genoa’s Politeama Genovese and Bologna’s Politeama Azeglio in Zazà, Cavalleria Rusticana, La Forza del Destino and Germania. During the 1905/06 season, the young tenor took his first trip abroad for engagements in Mexico City and Havana. By the time Taccani reached the age of 30, his career was in full swing. He began appearing to great acclaim at such major opera houses as the Costanzi and the Teatro dell’ Opera in Rome, Milan’s Teatro dal Verme, La Fenice in Venice, the San Carlo in Naples, the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Madrid’s Teatro Reale, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Montevideo’s Teatro Solis, London’s Covent Garden and Hammerstein’s Manhattan Opera in New York. He was also a popular attraction in the major (and not so major) theaters of Barcelona, Lisbon, Bilbao, Santiago, São Paulo, Rio, Cairo, Budapest, Bucharest, Zurich, Bern, Copenhagen and Philadelphia. Taccani’s repertoire was massive, encompassing some 80 diverse roles in such operas as Andrea Chénier, Fedora, Pagliacci, Il Piccolo Marat, Guglielmo Ratcliff, La Bohème (both the Puccini and Leoncavallo versions), Tosca, Turandot, La Fanciulla del West, Madama Butterfly, Iris, Isabeau, Loreley, Francesca da Rimini, Don Carlo, Il Trovatore, Aïda, Manon, Carmen, Lakmé, Werther, Guillaume Tell, L’Africaine, Sadko, Die Meistersinger, Parsifal, Götterdämmerung, Tannhäuser, Siegfried, La Gioconda and Mefistofele. The busy tenor also took part in a number of world premieres, including Parelli’s Hermes (Genoa, 1906), Gasco’s La Leggenda delle Sette Torri (Rome, 1913), Monelone’s L’Arabesca (Milan, 1916), Persico’s Morenita (Naples, 1923) and Lattuada’s Don Giovanni (Naples, 1929).

Taccani’s career was a lengthy one. It is estimated that the tenor sang over four thousand performances during the course of his four decades before the public. He began to curtail his appearances in the late 1930s and left the stage following a Mefistofele in Naples in January of 1940. Although he spent the war years in retirement, he was coaxed back to the stage one more time in 1949. At the age of 67, he sang a solitary Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana at the Teatro Milanollo in Savigliano. Following that performance, Taccani left the stage for good and opened a voice studio in Milan. It was there, in the city of his birth, that Taccani passed away on May 10, 1959 and the age of 77.

Giuseppe Taccani made dozens of recordings between 1907 and 1928 for G&T, Victor, Edison, Fonotipia and Columbia…including a complete Rigoletto for Columbia in 1916. Here, Taccani sings "Guardate, pazzo son!" from Manon Lescaut by Puccini. He is joined briefly by baritone Pasquale Amato (1878-1942). This recording was made in Milan for Fonotipia on June 2, 1909.

Watch videos with other singers performing Guardate, pazzo son:


DES GRIEUXal ComandanteGuardate,pazzo son, guardate,com'io piango ed imploro …come io piango, guardate,com'io chiedo pietà! …

Il Sergente avvia le Cortigiane verso la nave, e spinge con esse Manon, la quale lenta s'incammina e nasconde il volto fra le mani, disperatamente singhiozzando.
La folla, cacciata ai lati dagli Arcieri, guarda silenziosa con profondo senso di pieta.

con voce interrotta dall'affanno
Udite! M'accettate
qual mozzo o a più vile mestiere,
ed io verrò felice! … M' accettate!
Ah! guardate, io piango e imploro!
Vi pigliate
il mio sangue … la vita! …
V'imploro, vi chiedo pietà!
Ah! pietà! ingrato non sarò!
S'inginocchia davanti al Comandante, implorandolo.

English Libretto or Translation:

DES GRIEUXto the CommanderWatch,crazy, look,how I cry and implore I cry, look,how I ask for mercy! ...

The Sergeant starts the Courtesans towards the ship, and pushes Manon with them, who slowly walks and hides his face in his hands, desperately sobbing.
The crowd, hunted at the sides by the Archers, looks silently with a profound sense of pity.
with a voice interrupted by breathlessness
Hear! M'accettate
a hub or a vile trade,
and I will come happy! ... M 'accepted!
Ah! look, I cry and beg!
You take it
my blood ... life! ...
I beg you, I beg you mercy!
Ah! mercy! ungrateful I will not be!
He kneels before the Commander, imploring him.

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Cantolopera: Arias for Tenor Volume 5Puccini: Arias for Tenor Volume 2Puccini Gold: Arias for TenorPuccini: Arias for Tenor

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