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In questa reggia

Opera details:

Opera title:

Turandot

Composer:

Giacomo Antonio Puccini

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

Turandot Synopsis

Libretto:

Turandot Libretto

Translation(s):

English

Aria details:

Type:

aria,choir

Role(s):

Princess Turandot / Crowd

Voice(s):

Soprano

Act:

2.10

Previous scene: Diecimilla anni al nostro imperatore 1
Next scene: Straniero ascolta

Martina Arroyo: Puccini - Turandot, 'In questa reggia'

Singer: Martina Arroyo

Martina Arroyo (born February 2, 1937) is an operatic soprano of Puerto Rican and African-American descent who had a major international opera career during the 1960s through the 1980s. She was part of the first generation of black opera singers to achieve wide success and is viewed as part of an instrumental group of performers who helped break down the barriers of racial prejudice in the opera world. Arroyo first rose to prominence at the Zurich Opera between 1963--1965, after which she was one of the Metropolitan Opera's leading sopranos between 1965 and 1978. During her years at the Metropolitan Opera she was also a regular presence at the world's best opera houses, performing on the stages of La Scala, Covent Garden, the Opéra National de Paris, the Teatro Colón, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Vienna State Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the San Francisco Opera to name just a few. She is best known for her performances of the Italian spinto repertoire and in particular her portrayals of Verdi and Puccini heroines. Her last opera performance was in 1991, after which she has devoted her time to teaching singing on the faculties of various universities in the United States and Europe. Having performed in the major opera houses and with the greatest symphony orchestras of the world, she has left a legacy of recordings, including: Handel's Judas Maccabeus (twice) and Samson, Mozart's Don Giovanni (Donna Elvira for Karl Böhm and Donna Anna for Sir Colin Davis), Beethoven's Missa solemnis and Ninth Symphony, Rossini's Stabat mater, Verdi's Un ballo in maschera, La forza del destino (in both the St. Peterburg and revised versions), and the Messa da requiem and Mahler's massive Eighth Symphony (the Symphony of a Thousand). She has also recorded important 20th century music, including Schoenberg's Gurre-Lieder and Carlo Franci's African Oratorio and two works she "created" in their world premieres: Karlheinz Stockhausen's Momente and Samuel Barber's Andromache's Farewell. Arroyo's discography (which also includes an aria recital), though enviable, does not encompass anything like the full range of roles she essayed onstage. At the Metropolitan Opera alone, these are the operas she performed but never recorded commercially: Verdi's Ernani, Macbeth, Il trovatore, Don Carlos (the Celestial Voice as well as Elizabeth, both in Italian), and ; Wagner's Lohengrin and Der Ring des Nibelungen (featured roles in all four operas); Ponchielli's La Gioconda; Giordano's Andrea Chénier; and Puccini's Madama Butterfly and Turandot (as Liù; she played the title role in Toronto). Since her official retirement from singing in 1989 Martina Arroyo has amassed significant teaching credits. She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2000. She was candid about her perceived status as second-best to her great contemporary, fellow African-American spinto Leontyne Price; once, when a Met doorman greeted her as "Miss Price", she sweetly replied, "No, honey: I'm the other one."...


Lyrics & English Translation


In this palace, thousands of years ago,
a desperate cry rang out.
And that cry, passing down the generations
found refuge here in my soul!
Princess Lo-u-Ling,
sweet and serene ancestress, you who reigned
in your deep silence in pure joy
and defied, unyielding and confident,
the harsh domination (of men),
today you live again in me!

(It was when the King of the Tartars unfurled his seven banners.)

And yet in the time that everyone remembers,
there was dismay and terror and the roar of arms.
The kingdom was conquered!
And Lo-u-Ling, my ancestress, dragged away
by a man like you, like you,
stranger, there in the terrible night
where her young voice was stifled!

(For ages she has slept in her vast tomb.)

O Princes, who in long caravans
from every part of the world
come here to try your fortune,
I avenge upon you, upon you
that purity, that cry and that death!
No man will ever possess me!
Horror of the man who killed her
remains alive in my heart.
No, no! No man will ever possess me!
Ah, in me is reborn the pride
of such great chastity!
Stranger! Do not tempt fortune!
The riddles are three, death is one!


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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

Turandot
In questa reggia, or son mill'anni e mille,
un grido disperato risonò.
E quel grido, traverso stirpe e stirpe
qui nell'anima mia si rifugiò!
Principessa Lou-Ling, ava dolce e serena
che regnavi nel tuo cupo silenzio
in gioia pura, e sfidasti inflessibile e sicura
l'aspro dominio, oggi rivivi in me!

La folla
Fu quando il Re dei Tartari le sette sue bandiere dispiegò.

Turandot
Pure nel tempo che ciascun ricorda,
fu sgomento e terrore e rombo d'armi.
Il regno vinto! E Lou-Ling,
la mia ava, trascinata da un uomo come te,
come te straniero, là nella notte atroce
dove si spense la sua fresca voce!

La folla
Da secoli ella dorme nella sua tomba enorme.

Turandot
O Principi, che a lunghe carovane
d'ogni parte del mondo qui venite
a gettar la vostra sorte,
io vendico su voi, su voi quella purezza,
quel grido e quella morte!
Mai nessun m'avrà!
L'orror di che l'uccise vivo nel cuor mi sta!
No, no! Mai nessun m'avrà!
Ah, rinasce in me l'orgoglio di tanta purità!
Straniero! Non tentar la fortuna!
Gli enigmi sono tre, la morte è una!

Calaf
No, no! Gli enigmi sono tre, una è la vita!

La folla
Al Principe straniero offri la prova ardita,
o Turandot! Turandot!

English Libretto or Translation:

Turandot
In this palace, I am a thousand years and a thousand,
a desperate cry sounded.
And that cry, transverse lineage and lineage
here in my soul he took refuge!
Princess Lou-Ling, sweet and serene ava
who reigned in your dark silence
in pure joy, and you challenged inflexible and sure
the harsh dominion, today you live in me!

The crowd
It was when the King of the Tartars the seven of his flags unfolded.

Turandot
Even in the time each one remembers,
it was dismay and terror and roar of arms.
The kingdom won! And Lou-Ling,
my ava, dragged by a man like you,
like you a stranger, there in the atrocious night
where his fresh voice went out!

The crowd
For centuries she has been sleeping in her huge grave.

Turandot
O Principles, that to long caravans
you come from all over the world
to throw your fate,
I avenge on you, on you that purity,
that cry and that death!
No one will ever have me!
The horror of that killed him alive in my heart is mine!
No, no! No one will ever have me!
Ah, the pride of so much purity is reborn in me!
Foreigner! Do not try your luck!
The enigmas are three, death is one!

Calaf
No, no! The enigmas are three, one is life!

The crowd
To the foreign Prince you offer bold proof,
or Turandot! Turandot!

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