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Signore ascolta!

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Giacomo Antonio Puccini




Turandot Synopsis


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Next scene: Non piangere Liu

Magda Olivero: Puccini - Turandot, 'Signore, ascolta'

Singer: Magda Olivero

Magda Olivero (née Maria Maddalena Olivero, 25 March 1910) is a soprano of the verismo-school of singing. She was born in Saluzzo, Italy. Olivero made her operatic debut in 1932 on Turin radio in Nino Cattozzo's (1886--1961) oratorio I misteri dolorosi. She performed widely and increasingly successfully until 1941, when she married and retired from performing. She returned to the stage ten years later, at the request of Francesco Cilea, who asked her to sing the title role in his opera Adriana Lecouvreur. From 1951 until her final retirement, Olivero sang in opera houses around the world. Among her most renowned interpretations were the leading parts in Adriana Lecouvreur, Iris, Fedora, La bohème, La fanciulla del West, La traviata, La Wally, Madama Butterfly, Manon Lescaut, Mefistofele, and Turandot (as Liù.) Among her studio recordings are Turandot (as Liù, with Gina Cigna, for Cetra, 1938), Fedora (with Mario Del Monaco and Tito Gobbi, conducted by Lamberto Gardelli, for Decca, 1969) and highlights from Francesca da Rimini (with Del Monaco, conducted by Nicola Rescigno, for Decca, 1969). In 1993, she recorded, with piano accompaniment, Adriana Lecouvreur (with Marta Moretto as the Princesse de Bouillon); excerpts from this recording were published on the Bongiovanni label. At age 86, she performed Adriana's monologue in Jan Schmidt-Garre's film Opera Fanatic. She made occasional singing appearances into her nineties...

Lyrics & English Translation

Lord, hear! Ah, sir, listen!
Liu no longer holds, it breaks my heart!
Alas, what with your name in my way,
with your name on the lips!
But if your fate will be decided tomorrow,
we die on the road of exile.
He would lose his son ...

I am the shadow of a smile.
Liu does not hold anymore!

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Signore, ascolta! Ah, signore, ascolta!
Liù non regge più, si spezza il cuor!
Ahimè, quanto cammino col tuo nome nell'anima,
col nome tuo sulle labbra!
Ma se il tuo destino doman sarà deciso,
noi morrem sulla strada dell'esilio.
Ei perderà suo figlio, io l'ombra d'un sorriso.
Liù non regge più! Ah!

English Libretto or Translation:

Lord, listen! Ah, sir, listen!
Liù no longer holds, the heart breaks!
Alas, how much I walk with your name in the soul,
with your name on your lips!
But if your destiny will be decided,
we morrem on the road to exile.
He will lose his son, I will have the shadow of a smile.
Liù no longer holds! Ah!

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