Semiramide Libretto
English Translation

Semiramide


Tragic melodrama in two acts by Gaetano Rossi, music by Gioacchino Rossini

First Absolute on 3.2.1823 La Fenice Theater, Venice


CHARACTERS

Semiramis, Queen of Babylon, Soprano
Arsace, commander of the army, Contralto
Assur, prince of the blood of Belo, Basso
Idreno, King of the Indus, Tenor
Azema, princess of the blood of Belo, Mezzosoprano
Oroe, chief of the Magi, Basso
Mitrane, captain of the royal guards, Tenor
The shadow of Nino, Basso

Chorists: Satrapi, Magi, Babylonians, Indians, Egyptians, Scythians
Coriste: Princesses, Citarede, Foreign Dames
Military Band, Statesmen, Royal Guards, Temple Ministers,
Followed by Indians, Scythians, and Egyptians,
Babylonian people, Donzelle, Fanciulli, Fanciulle

The action is in Babylon.

 




 

 

ACT ONE

 

Magnificent temple erected in Belo, festively
adorned.

FIRST SCENE
Oroe in the sanctuary, at the foot of the simulacrum of
Belo; Magi who, prostrate and bowed, adore;
ministers arranged outside the sanctuary e
prostrate; Oroe in act of celestial vision.

OROE
(after having revived, and colle
arms stretched towards the simulacrum)
Yes ... Gran Nume ... I mean you.
Your venerable decrees I adore:
And the tremendous instant
Of justice, of revenge I await.
(The Magi and the ministers rise up with him).
Or of Assyria to 'acceding peoples,
To foreign people, a 'prenci, a' regi,
Of the new august temple in Belo sacred,
Ministers, you open the aurate doors:
(The ministers will open the two great doors
lateral).
And to me around you, Magi, unite you.
(He retires among the Magi to the sanctuary).

SECOND SCENE
Doors open, the scene is filling up with
Babylonians of both sexes, of foreigners, of
maidens; all bear offers and yes
They have; then the following is sung.

CHOIR
Belo is celebrated, Belo honors:
Festive sounds, mystical choirs
In the aurea echeggino in such a beautiful day;
A so great day is sacred to Belo.
From the Golden Ganges, from the altered Nile,
From the indomitable Tigers, from the whole body
Come, or peoples, in a beautiful day ...
This great day is sacred to Belo.
In so much glory he will want from heaven
Belo descends among us,
Let the Assyria be happy to do so.
(Enter the Indians, bringing incense
and various offers. After them Idreno;
they approach the sanctuary).

Idreno
There from the Ganges to you I first
I have gifts, or mighty God:
Or smile gently
A 'beautiful vows of my heart;
And mercy find omai
A constant and lively love.

CHOIR
In this day Assyria omai
A successor sees the throne.
(Great and satraps that precede e
accompany Assur, followed by slaves,
who will deliver the offers).

ASSUR
Yes hope; yes exulted:
Fate of Assyria will be able to:
This desolate day
On high events the day will be:
On his throne the successor
The Queen will choose:
My faith, my value
Obbliare will not want.

Idreno
And you aspire? ...

OROE
(serious)
And you claim? ...

ASSUR
Of regnar, of Nino to the throne.

OROE
You! ... (that Orror!)

ASSUR
You know that I am ...

OROE
(marked)
I know who Assur is ... Yes, I know everything.

IDRENO, ASSUR and OROE
(To those sayings, to that aspect
Fremer feel the heart in his chest,
I can hardly mine my furor./terror.)

CHOIR
But of plaudits joyful clamor echoes:
The happy party is already celebrating:
What a goddess in her fulgor is already approaching ...
Ah! Come, of our cor, beautiful Queen.

SCENE THIRD
Royal guards, satraps, princes, captains
that precede Semiramide, which
appears with Azema and Mitrane,
accompanied by princesses and bridesmaids
with rich gifts to be offered to Belo. Slaves.

CHOIR
Ah! see you again! surrendered there you are!
To you of this favor, yes thank you, O Gods!
Alfin the look, the cor we leave in you ...
Know our love, our fé.
In her, clementi Dei, keep each one
D'Assiria splendor, our love.

AZEMA, ASSUR, IDRENO, OROE and CORO
Of so many regi and peoples
What you look for around you
Between 'expected votes and beats.
Here, o Regina, the day.

Semiramide
(Among so many royal and peoples,
De 'numi in the living room,
And why tremble and throb,
Misero cor, so?)

ASSUR
Regina, all'ara: and swears
Today in Assyria
You will choose between us
Di Nino the successor.

Semiramide
(advances all'ara)
Ebben ...
(Stops and looks around).

ASSUR, IDRENO and CORO
What was your arrest?

Semiramide
(like above)
(He is not there!)

ASSUR, IDRENO and CORO
What are you waiting for? ...

Semiramide
(hesitating)
Di Nino ...
(Lightning vivissimo).
(Terrified)
Oh heaven! ...

OROE
Pause.
(Thunder: the sacred fire of the altar goes out;
surprise, confusion, general terror).
Mira.

ALL
What a fia! ... What a horrible!

ALL
Ah! already the sacred fire is extinguished.
The heavens are angry, dark:
The temple is shaking ... An uneven event!
What a threat to us misfortune!
The alma chills with fright.
Ah! of us who will never be!

Semiramide
Oh you de Magi venerable chief,
Mortal delight in Ciel
Interpreter fedel, speaks: placated
Still not with ... Babylon?

OROE
(marked, staring at Semiramide)
Yet
There are faults ... atrocious guilts, ascoses,
(staring at Assur)
And unpunished.

Idreno
What a tremendous arcane!

Semiramide
(Heavens!)

ASSUR
(What a look!)

Semiramide
(uncertain)
But then? ...

OROE
(always marked)
Far
Maybe it's not the instant
Of revenge, of peace.

Semiramide
(Oh, come back Arsace!)

ASSUR
And the successor to the throne?

OROE
He will be born.

ASSUR
And when?

OROE
On this day, as soon as you arrive
From Memphis the sacred oracle.

Semiramide
(I tremble.)

Idreno
Regina, you know
My sweet affections.

ASSUR
In my veins
Belo's blood flows, and you good,
Queen, remember ...

Semiramide
All in mind,
Yes ... all Assur. V'attendo,
Prenci, at the palace. - The long-awaited seated
With the sacred oracle, Oroe sends me.
And in the meantime to my votes
Propitations implore the Gods in such a great way.
(Part, with everyone).

FOURTH SCENE
Oroe.

OROE
The Gods are just. - I tremble
For his destiny; and I pity it, and I moan.
(Enter the sanctuary).

SCENE FIFTH
Arsace, two slaves, carrying one
closed box.

Arsaces
Here I am at last in Babylon. And this
Of Belo the temple. - What an august silence
More venerating still makes the living room
Of the deity! - Which in the breast
To me, guerrier, nudrito
Between the Orror of the fists, now he wakes up,
Del Nume formidable to the appearance,
Unusual terror, sacred respect! -
And this Nume from me
What can he want? Dying the parent
Here he sent me: secret
A note from Semiramus calls me
Quick to his palace ... and yearning
To Azema, to his well-burning core
Here he flew on the wings of love.
Ah! that day every day
Of my glory and of contentment,
That among the barbarians I could
Life and honor to her serbar.
He wrapped it in these arms
To his vile kidnapper;
I felt against my core
His palpitar core.
He opened his eyelash, looked at me ...
He smiled at me ... he sighed ...
Oh! as from that day
Everything for me changed!
That guard kidnapped me,
This soul flared up:
The Ciel opened for me,
Love moved me ...
D'Azema and that day
Forget me I'll never know.
Ministers, to the great Pope announced
The son of Fradate.

SCENE SESTA
Oroe, arriving and Arsace.

OROE
I was waiting for you, Arsace.

Arsaces
(to prostrate)
At your feet ...

OROE
(hug)
Arise, come to my sen.

Arsaces
Of my father
The extreme gesture to you guides me

OROE
A God,
Whom are you dear, who holds your destiny,
He brought me to you.

Arsaces
(presenting the box)
These precious
Pawns that he kept at every sight ascosi ...

OROE
Oh! yes: ask them. - In order
I aim for you, I kiss you, or holy leftovers
Of the greatest of the Regi. - Here's the tremendous
Sheet of death. - The royal ward is this ...
Adore him.
(Marked)
Here is the brando
That dee vandicar: feared brando,
That tamed Asia and subjugated Egypt ...
Inutil arme against betrayal,
Against the poison. -

Arsaces
Right heaven! - what I hear!
And how? - and maybe?

OROE
Arcano is still.

Arsaces
But Nino?

OROE
He died betrayed. -

Arsaces
And who? -

OROE
(observing)
In the temple, to us
Someone approaches. - It's Assur. - Oh monster!
(Marked)
A God
Here he did not guide you. - Here comes back: goodbye.
(Return, two ministers bring with them
the tape).

SEVENT SCENE
Arsaces; then Assur; followed with it, which
remains in the bottom.

Arsaces
What accents! - and never
Do you think so? - and this
Assur that I already hate? ...

ASSUR
Is it therefore true? - Bold!
Without a sign from Babylon in Arsace!

Arsaces
(What pride!)

ASSUR
Reply. - To what you left
The field you trust? - and who is driving you
From the Caucasus to the Euphrates?

Arsaces
Of my...
And your Queen beckoned - and my core.

ASSUR
Your core? - Oseresti
Ask Semiramide? ...

Arsaces
Mercede
In this day, to my courage, to my faith.

ASSUR
Superb! - I mean. - Ardisci
Azema amar.

Arsaces
I love it.

ASSUR
But you do not know that Azema
She is the daughter of your Kings! that in Ninia marries
Destined by being born ...

Arsaces
I know Ninia died, I know that of Nino
Equal, miserable was destiny,
I know that Azema saved from extreme fate;
I do not know, I do not fear
Rivale that contrasts
My affections ... I know I love it, and that's it.

Beautiful picture of the Gods,
Only Azema I love her:
And more dear to me than a throne
It is the empire of his cor.

ASSUR
Of Assyria to 'demigods
Aspirar solice to you:
One footsteps the crazy pride
Mal contends to me that cor.

Arsaces
This scia in the cor does not yield
To assyrian demigod.

ASSUR
That ardor, that splendor exceeds:
Who am I remembering omai;
I love Azema ...

Arsaces
You? - do not know,
You do not know what amor is.
Of a tender love,
Constant, true,
That proud of your core
Capable is not:
The sweet motions
Unknown to you are;
You do not love the throne,
That's all for you ...
The core of Azema
It's all for me.

ASSUR
If it bores me
Bold soul
I brake my core
Capable is not.
Your daring votes
Already known I am:
But in vain to that throne
You aspire with me.
Renunciation of Azema,
Or tremble for you.

Arsaces
I tremble? - of you? m'avvio
At the palace, at my idol:

ASSUR
There, you can see d'Assur,
In this day, perhaps your King.

Arsaces
Regnar maybe one day you can ...
But you will never be my King.

ASSUR
There my wife Azema ...

Arsaces
Azema! ...
He swore to me, he took me there.

ARSACE and ASSUR
Go, superb: in that palace
Already I am ready to triumph:
Yes, for me this day
Of content and splendor.
But tremendous, but fatal
To you, day of rossor.

Atrium in the palace.

SCENE EIGHT
Azema, then Idreno.

AZEMA
Oh me happy! - Arsace,
The beloved good in Babylon! - To mine
Fervid votes to send the Gods:
I will be able to ...

Idreno
Princess,
The great hour is approached in which decided
It will be the fate of Assyria ... and mine.
Speak once, say, hope for me! ...
Your heart, your right? ...

AZEMA
On my right
It features Semiramide.

Idreno
And your heart? ...
Are you silent? - Wherever a happier love! ...
Assur! and only my rival: - but known
Assur is not there? - could
You love it?

AZEMA
Assur is well known to me: and never
From me only one thought, from me a sigh
He got still ... he'll never get it:

Idreno
Breath.
Ah, where is it, where is the trial?
Already I feel more of myself;
You give me hope,
New in me you laughed ardir.
Of a rival the rea boldness
I already blaze with punir.
And, if still free
It's your beautiful core;
Of what I light up
Tender love
At least
Feel pity;
More trust a soul
You will not find:
You alone the idol,
Dear, you will be,
That every hydrant
He will adore.
(Part).

AZEMA
If he did not have and deserve Arsace
All my affections,
I feel that only I could love Hydrogen.
(Part).

Hanging gardens.

NONA SCENE
Semiramis sitting in a flowered berceau.
Young citarist and damsels in various groups
they try to distract her, they joke around her; is
mixed with sound the following.

CHOIR
Serena the vague rai,
The penalty clears omai:
Arsace returned, - Here you will come ...
Let the heart be joyful.
Already everything on his return
Around him he was animated.
The sweetest spiran the auras
D'amor voluptuousness ...
This gloomy chete scatter
The calm of love ...
Arsace returned, - Here you will come ...
Here everything will expire
The calm of love,
D'amor voluptuousness.

Semiramide
Nice ray lusinghier
Of hope and pleasure
Alfin shone for me:
Arsace returned, - Yes, he will come to me.
This alma that sinor
Gemé, he trembled, he languished ...
Oh! how he breathed! -
My every duol disappeared,
From the heart, from my thoughts
The terror disappeared ...
Nice ray lusinghier
Of hope, of pleasure
Alfin shone for me:
Arsace returned, "Here I will come. -

SEMIRAMIDE with CHORUS
The calm at this cor
Arsace will make:
Arsace returned, - Here you / I will come ...
Here everything will expire
The calm of love
Pure voluptuousness.

Semiramide
Sweet thought
Of that moment,
The lover cor smiles at you.
As more expensive,
After the torment,
It's the beautiful moment
Of peace and love!

CHOIR
(Repeats).

Semiramide
Nor does it come again! - But who do I see? - Mitrane!
And what do you bring?

SCENE DECIMA
Mitrane with papyrus, and Semiramide.

Mitranes
From Memphis the sacred messenger
Testè returned. - Oroe sends you
The longed-for oracle.

Semiramide
(uncertain)
What a fia! ...
The hand, the heart tremble me ... and if ever! ...
And if that shadow! and if new horrors! ...
And the sky! - from so much distress escasi omai.
(Explain the papyrus and reads)
"Cesseran your pains,
You will find peace again
On the return of Arsace, to new Hymen ".
Thank you, v'adoro, o Dei, clementi Dei!
And you therefore approve my vows!
Placati alfin you are!
Happy you want me!

Mitranes
Regina, your happy ...

Semiramide
Go, Mitrane,
Arsace is quick to me. - Regal pump,
Solemn nuzial rito s'appresti.
Oroe co 'magi, Assur co' Grandi, Idreno,
All of Assyria to my throne is made.
There my signs and his destiny learns.

Mitranes
Here is Arsace to you.
(Then part).

EIGHTEEN SCENE
Semiramide and Arsace.

Arsaces
At your command,
Regina, I hurried:
As sweet as I am, I sighed!
The most beautiful hope
Flattered my heart ... But! -

Semiramide
(always with marked sweetness)
What was your arrest?

Arsaces
Odo that generous alfin gave up
To the Assyrian vows: that on that day
A successor named you ...

Semiramide
Well!

Arsaces
(with penalty)
Assur, that proud Assur already King is held.
The Azema man assures him the throne ...
(strongly)
I will die for you, but I will not serve him.

Semiramide
Azema ei will not have.

Arsaces
(with joy)
No? -

Semiramide
Already obvious
I'm talking about him

Arsaces
Ah! So you know him?

Semiramide
And the emptiness to punish.

Arsaces
(shy)
Oh! if so of Arsace
You knew the core!

Semiramide
(marked and tender)
I already know the fé, the whiteness ...

Arsaces
But I am not a warrior!

Semiramide
And a guerrier as you are from this empire
It is the most noble support ... and you ... already you are ...
(Brake, for a little while, my affections.)
(Sharp)
Serbami yes yes I trust
The heart, your affections,
And all hope you can,
And you will have everything from me.

Arsaces
(with enthusiasm)
To you sacra, Regina,
Faith, the heart, the brando:
I won for you, pugnando;
I will know how to die for you.

Semiramide
(with tenderness)
No: you will live for me ...

Arsaces
(with foco)
Ah! if you read me in core ...

Semiramide
So you! ..

Arsaces
Ah! know omai ...
M'arde the most lively love ...

Semiramide
(with expression)
Hope, yes, beautiful
Today it will get mercy.

SEMIRAMIDE and ARSACE
To the most cherished images
Of peace and of contentment
The soul is already abandoned
In such a beautiful moment:
And among the sweetest beats
Come back to breathe.
(They leave).

Lobby.

TWELFTH SCENE
Assur with Magi, and Oroe.

ASSUR
Oroe from the temple in the palace?

OROE
To the hints
Del ciel, of Semiramide.

ASSUR
after,
Since the palace abandoned, omai
Three decades are.

OROE
From that horrendous night,
In which barbara ... fate,
In which ruthless man ... hand of death,
He kidnapped his good king from Assyria, took us away
With his son Ninia all hope, and enveloped
In mourning the kingdom, and in sorrow.
(Fastening it marked)
Do you remember
On that night, Assur? ...

ASSUR
(braking the disturbance)
Yes - but on that day
To joy, to peace, to its prime
Splendor Assyria will return.

OROE
I hope.

ASSUR
Arsace at the temple you saw?

OROE
To the Nums
He offered votes.

ASSUR
(ironic)
And are you welcome?

OROE
Arsaces
Ai Numi is expensive.

ASSUR
And enjoy
Pur de 'Numi the favor; but Arsace, and seco
Every superb, to respect me learns.
Tremi he who the throne
Contend me, I assume,
Nol will save a revenge from my revenge.
(Part).

OROE
For you, perfidious, trembles: weary omai
It's a Nume to punish you, and you do not know.

Magnificent place in the palace with views of
Babylon. Throne on the right. To the left
vestibule of the superb mausoleum of the King of
Nino.

THIRTEENTH SCENE
The royal guards precede the pump and yes
They have; then the satraps with their following;
Oroe co 'Magi and ministers that carry
altar. They succeed Idreno, Assur, Arsace
with his own cortege; at last Semiramide
with Azema and Mitrane and ladies and slaves.
The people are distributed in the fund and among
the columns; the march is alternated from
following.

CHOIR
Ergi omai altered forehead,
Regio Eufrate: rejoices and hopes,
Your hope rose on the day:
Today, Assyria will have a king.
The splendor of your glories
It will support with its value:
Torneran of Belo i,
You will be the king of the rivers.

CHORUS OF MAGI
And from the heavens placati, o numes,
Deh! on us turn the lights:
The destiny of this kingdom
Protect yourself so much.
You have chosen us, worthy of us
Let our King be happy.
(During the Semiramide choir he will ascend into
throne; on her side, on the steps, Azema;
and Assur, Arsace, Hydrant on the sides; Oroe in the
half. The satraps surround the throne).
Your votes omai,
Prenci, peoples, Magi,
Here I am to secondar. And he already answered
To my secret vote
Faustus the Libyan Jupiter. I choose. Or you
You must first swear, whatever,
To adore, respect my choice.
Swear everyone to the top gods
To obey my hints:
To that King that I give to you
Swear tribute and loyalty.

AZEMA, ASSUR, IDRENO, OROE,
ARSACE and CHORUS
I swear to the Numis, to you, Regina,
To obey your notes;
To that King who gives us
I swear tribute and loyalty.

Semiramide
The high hero, that of Assyria
To glory and rest
I chose King, ... but my husband.

AZEMA, ASSUR, IDRENO, OROE
and ARSACE
Spouse! ... (oh heaven! ...)

Semiramide
And this hero
To you dear, to heaven, to me -
This groom, this King ...
Adore him ... in Arsace.
(Surprise, joy, relative thrill).

Arsaces
I?...

ASSUR AND HYDRAN
What I mean!

CHOIR
(cheering)
Viva Arsace!

OROE
(Which orror! ...)

ASSUR
(Oh furor!)

AZEMA and ARSACE
(Oh horrendous blow!)

CHOIR
Viva Arsace, our King!

ASSUR
(to Semiramide)
And so you can betray
My hope, my words?
(To 'satrapi)
Therefore, on us eternal Gods!
A scyth will reign!
And will Assyria suffer?
(To Semiramide)
Think at least ...

Semiramide
Be quiet and tremble.

Idreno
(to Semiramide)
If in this day you are happy,
If I hope to read it,
Ah, you Azema grant me,
And consoles a faithful love.

Semiramide
Yes: you will have it.

Arsaces
(not containing)
You! Azema! ... (and me! ...)
But ... Regina ... know ... (Oh God!)
The throne is not the reward
What does this cor ...

Semiramide
All merts. - Come on. - Join us,
Oroe, you ...
(At the mention the ministers with the altar advance).

OROE
(marked)
Queen!...

Semiramide
(marking Arsace)
Assyrians;
Nino and the son in him I give you ...
(In this an underground thunder, and lightning).
(Apart from).
Ah! ... what happens! ... Gods! - What I mean! ...
What a signal to remove the sky! ...
In disdain! ... it's in favor! ...

TOGETHER
What a sad moan
From that grave ...
What a funeral cry
Gloomy rumbles,
I fall to the heart!
Blood freezes
Of vein in the vein.
Atrocious palpitation
The soul oppresses me ...
I just breathe
In my terror.

Semiramide
But that threaten ...
(Strong and dark blow from the grave).
The gods who want?

ALL
The tomb shakes! ...
(Attention, universal terror, all addressed
to the grave: the tomb opens).
Ah! of death
Invisible right
It opens the doors ...

Semiramide
(with horror)
And who? ... oh fate! ...
He! ... the groom!
(Nino's shadow appears on the door).

ALL
(they fall down)
The shadow of Nino! ...

Semiramide
Where I get up! ...

ASSUR
Look not at him.

ALL
(like above)
Oh! which orror! ...
Blood freezes ...
(The shadow advances on the vestibule).

Semiramide
(agitated)
Of a demigod I adore,
Shadow, from us what do you want?

ASSUR
(with badly braked thrill)
That guided you from the erect,
Terrible shadow, to us!

Idreno
From the formidable lip
Your signing notes.

Semiramide
(with terror, anxious)
Speak ... to punish venisti ...
You came to forgive! ...
Pronunzia omai ... If Arsace ...

THE SHADOW OF NINO
Arsace, you will reign.
But there are faults to be expiated in the first.
Ardito come down to my grave:
Victim offer to cener mine you will have to.
Listen to the pontiff the advice:
Think of your parent; you serve my son.

Arsaces
(decided)
T'obbedirò. - Securo
There I will go down: tel giuro.
But what will the victim be
What will I have to faint you?
Are you silent? ... Do you?

ALL
Are you silent? Quivers?

SEMIRAMIDE and ASSUR
(Oh heaven!)

ASSUR
And you already leave us? ...

ALL
And go away!

SEMIRAMIDE and ASSUR
(I tremble!)

Semiramide
Shadow of my spouse ...
My cry you see ...
Deh! ... Let me at your feet ...
There ... in that grave ...

THE SHADOW OF NINO
Arrested -
Respect my ashes:
If the Gods want it ...
I will call you ...
(Return, the door closes).

ALL
What orror! ...

(Similar framework).

Semiramide
(s'abandon to Azema)
I die.

ALL
Ah! Shocked in the eternal order
It is nature in such a horrible day.
Nume irato discloses the averno ...
Sorgon the shadows from the black living room ...
Menacing death from around, menacing
The alme cluttered with anguish, of horror.
Atro event! prodigy tremendous!
All of the Numor announces the furor.





SECOND ACT

 

 

Lobby.

FIRST SCENE
Mitrane, royal guards, Arbates.

Mitranes
At the palace of around,
Cauto, Arbate, arrange your most trust:
D'Assur watches over the big: vain
His plots we will know.

SECOND SCENE
Semiramide and Mitrane, bridesmaids back.

Semiramide
Ebben, Mitrane!
The unworthy Assur ...

Mitranes
wincing
Your command meant: - and you will not see
The palace abandoned.

Semiramide
Tremble. - I would know...

Mitranes
There he is.
(He retires with the bridesmaids).

Semiramide
I shudder.

SCENE THIRD
Semiramide and Assur.

Semiramide
(strict)
Assur, my hints
Fur sacred, irrevocable.

ASSUR
(marked)
And so far
Regina, I adored them:
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And another to my care, to my faith
I hope for Semiramis, mercy ...
And I flattered you in those moments ...

Semiramide
(with thrill)
Oh you! What ever memories! - and not dreadful!
You saw it though ... the udists, the shadow
Irritated by Nino ... to us around
Perhaps now invisible ... and you dare! ...
(In a low voice and with proud reprimand)
You, that to your King in the bosom
Death versasti?

ASSUR
(bitterly)
And who prepared the poison?
(Very marked)
Death to me who gave it to me! ...

Semiramide
Oh! shut up!
Perfidious! - Art your vile and fallacious
They seduce me unwise. Me of Nino
From the thalamus, from the throne
Already banished pingevi ...

ASSUR
(with marked reproach)
And to whomever you promised
That thalamus, that throne?

Semiramide
(staring at Assur)
It remained to me then
A son ... my sweet hope, again:
He perished.

ASSUR
If he lived, the throne
You would not press or maybe more.

Semiramide
Happy
To my son of the world
The Empire I would cede ...
But that child I lost!
(Fixing it as above)
Poor! - and maybe
The same man who killed the parent ...

ASSUR
(decided)
But you reign.

Semiramide
And you live? - Oh! what a horror!
(Fair and dignified)
If life is still dear to you,
Go, fly you to 'my eyes:
I do not know what I look like
More will suffer from a traitor.

ASSUR
(with pride, marked)
Think almen, Regina, first,
Who pushed me to betrayal:
That d'Assur might accentuate
Involarti and soglio and onor.

Semiramide
Of the tremarne: pria cadresti.

ASSUR
Only, perhaps, I would not fall.

Semiramide
Meco is Arsace: of the Gods
He saves me with the favor.

ASSUR
(at all marked)
The favor, you, of the Gods?
Come down ... and tremble ... in your heart.
That remembered
Night of death:
The terrible shadow
Of your spouse,
What menacing,
Under the darkness,
Your rest
Funesta ognor.
Your scares,
Your torments,
The angst, the heartbeats,
Torture lawyer
I'm guilty
Your ungrateful cor.

Semiramide
Terrible night!
Night of death!
Three decades ran,
And of the consort
The disdainful shadow,
Under the darkness,
The unworthy bride
Threat each!
My scares ...
My torments,
The angst, the heartbeats,
To your torture
The Gods turn,
Perfidious cor.
(Riavendosi)
But implacable of Nino
It is not the shadow, nor the destiny:
Arsace is protected by them;
And for me it will be placated.

ASSUR
That victim recalls
That of Nino the shadow waits:
At his revenge right
Perhaps you will first have it from me.

Semiramide
In Arsace he loves in the meantime
Your King ...

ASSUR
(ferissimo)
But Arsace! ...
(Festive music in the palace).

Semiramide
(pleased)
Look!
This joy! ... those concents! ...
The triumph is celebrated
Of my spouse, of your king.

ASSUR
But fatal in the sky flashes
Perhaps a star for you.

Semiramide
The primeval force
Restore my core:
Queen and warrior,
Punish you I will know.

The instant hastens
Happy, cried:
You tremble, ruthless,
Cader I'll see you.

ASSUR
The most fair fate
It already challenges my core:
Queen and warrior,
I fear you do not know.
Do it, hasten
My immature fate:
But first avenged
At least I will fall.
(They leave).

Interior of the sanctuary.

FOURTH SCENE
Magi in adoration.
Oroe precedes Arsace, accompanied by
Magi who advance religiously.

CHOIR
In this august
Arcane living room,
Inaccessible
To the profane man,
Holy oracle
On an invisible,
Of a terrible one
Divinity.

OROE, then CHORUS
Forward intrepid,
Arsace, the footer:
The alma t'accendano
Ardire and fé.
It's a great time.
Come for you:
Submerged adora
The will
On an invisible,
Of a terrible one,
But it's right for you,
Divinity.

Arsaces
Ebben, comavi omai, whatever,
The will of Ciel, my fate:
Intrepid de 'Numi I nod.

OROE
The alma prepares to hideous
Unexpected shot.

Arsaces
Is that?

OROE
(with thrill)
Magi, go
That serto, that hoop ...
And that sheet ...
(Three Magi bear one the Serta,
the other the sword, the other the sheet).
He prostrates you. - The August Serre
I'll take care of Nino.

Arsaces
Such as! - What are you doing? - Ninia lives: - near
To appear. - and me,
What to serve him, I swore,
Would I betray him like that?

OROE
It breaks open
The dark veil. - Ninia you are.
(The Magi prostrate).

Arsaces
(hit it)
I? - What did you say? Oh Gods!

OROE
Froze saved you. - The extinct Arsace
Everybody believed you.

Arsaces
Nino, then? ...

OROE
And your father.

Arsaces
(with penalty)
Semiramide! ...

OROE
Fremi. - She is your mother.
The wicked! -

Arsaces
(with impetus)
It's my mother, and you! ... forgive ... and how
Empia calling her daring?

OROE
Read - and horrify:
(hands him the paper with gravity)
The wicked know omai ...
And your duty.

Arsaces
Ah! you freeze me.
(Law)
"Nino spirante to his faithful Fradate:
I die ... poisoned.
Save from egual periglio
Ninia, my sweet son ...
What do you sell me one day ...
Assur was the traitor ...
My wicked bride ... "Oh, what a horror!
(He abandons himself in the arms of Oroe).
In such a barbarous disaster
You open your arms at least:
Let me pour you into your bosom
My crying, my pain.
To this lost soul
You comfort, aita:
Of my pains to the excess excess
Langue oppressed in the chest the cor.

OROE and CHORUS
Come on, shake yourself: remember who you are.
Servants in Heaven, your father obeys:
His tremendous steel brandishes;
(introduces him to Nino's sword)
He asks his son for revenge.
He takes arms: awaits you at the grave.
Go: hasten to hurt, to punish.

Arsaces
(decided)
Yes: revenge. - Porgi omai.
(He takes the sword).
Sacred acciar of the parent,
You laughed at my value:
Already I feel more of me.
Yup; of the ciel in the fierimento
The will will be accomplished.

OROE and CHORUS
Pear Assur.

Arsaces
Yes, the wicked fall.

OROE and CHORUS
Semiramide ...

Arsaces
(sighs)
Ah! - and my mother.
Perhaps my father is crying
To forgive them will still want.

CHORUS and OROE
At the trial
You rush hard:
And from the grave
At the throne I have had
Placated his father
He will guide you.
Teco Assyria
He will breathe.

Arsaces
Yes: avenged
The parent
He fainted
The traitor,
Peace this soul.
Sperar will be able to.
To the sweet palpiti
Of joy and love
Happy the core
Will come back .
(They leave).

Semiramide apartments.

SCENE FIFTH
Azema and Mitrane.

Mitranes
Calm down, Princess.

AZEMA
Look in vain
Comfort me, or Mitrane.

Mitranes
I pity you. -
And you are not alone
The poor in this day. -

AZEMA
I lost everything: -
Semiramide know it. - Tiranna!
It in Arsace, oh God! everything takes me away:
It was Arsace my ben, my idol ...

SCENE SESTA
Hydrant and sayings.

Idreno
Arsaces! - Right Ciel! - What I mean! ... and me! ...
And you, ungrateful, and you can
Do you still cherish your affections?
Bride, you know, Arsace
Or of Semiramide.

AZEMA
But tight
The knot is not yet.

AZEMA
Mala Regina
Bring me to you. -

AZEMA
(subdued)
I will obey your sign.

Idreno
And your hand! ...

AZEMA
Your hand will have ... if my man you long.

Idreno
I crave and implore only, dear, that you love me.
The sweetest hope
Already this alma flattered;
And the instant approached
Happier for my heart:
My bride, at this breast ...

CHORUS OF DONZELLE
(Escendo)
Come, Azema ...

CHOIR OF GREAT and INDIANS
Come, Hydrant.

DONZELLE
There in the temple ...

GREAT and INDIANS
At the foot of the ...
The Queen makes herself there,
There, with her, you await love.

Idreno
Ah! yes: andìam ... But you sigh? ...
Par that the cry hardly hides! ...
(Ah, you brake at that moment,
O jealous my fury!)

CHOIR
At the most tender content
Your heart is abandoned.

Idreno
Yes, I hope I'm happy:
To those who love you you will yield;
You're going to ... you'll split up
The ardor of this soul
And with me you will be delirious
In the transports of love.

CHOIR
Yes - amor consoli omai
The ardor of your soul.
(They leave).

SEVENT SCENE
Semiramide and Arsace.

Semiramide
No: I will not leave you. In vain
Try to flee me. Ungrateful!...
And why? ... and at that moment!

Arsaces
(confused, uncertain)
Ah! you do not know...

Semiramide
(watching)
With joy I see omai
That serto that encircled you
The inspired Pontiff. - He shows you
To the exultant people. - You aim,
And it shudders Assur ...

Arsaces
(with impetus)
Assur! - Ah! the wicked spiri,
Wash your blood
The horrible parricide,
And take revenge on Nino.

Semiramide
(Struck)
Oh heaven! - What I mean!
Nino! ... What are you talking about? ...

Arsaces
Nino! ...
(would like to speak)
Ah! I can not.
(Stay very agitated).

Semiramide
That tremendous prodigy,
That shadow still your fatal thoughts:
Calm down, my husband ...

Arsaces
(with fire and thrill)
Shut up: stop you ...
Flee - do not you hate it? ... Heaven is quivering. You do not see
A menacing Nume
What divides us, and rejects you? ... - Ah! vanne:
Save yourself.

Semiramide
Quai transport! - what accent! ...

Arsaces
No more: leave me ...

Semiramide
That I
Do you leave? - Now! - Deh! ... Arsace ...
(Taking him by the hand, arresting him
with passion).

Arsaces
(hollow the sheet, it brings it to the heart, to the mouth)
Oh my father! ...

Semiramide
What kind of paper is that which is bathed in your weeping ...
What you fix with orror! ...

Arsaces
And you would hate,
If you ever knew! ...

Semiramide
Who did you have it? ...

Arsaces
From the Nums.

Semiramide
And who wrote it?

Arsaces
My father is booming.

Semiramide
Porgilo.

Arsaces
Tremble.

Semiramide
Obey: I want it.

Arsaces
(hands her the sheet)
Ebben ... miserable! ...
Read. - Ah! be that sheet
The only punishment almen, compassionate Gods,
Stay with her.

Semiramide
(drop the sheet)
Which penetrated!
You! ... what horror!
(He covers his face with his hand).

Arsaces
(oppressed)
Everything is obvious omai.
(Brief silence: Semiramis is found
to herself, and firmly and breathlessly)

Semiramide
Well ... to you: hurt.
Perform the will of a God,
Turn off in my blood
An exproved love:
The mother rea punishes:
Sends the genitor.

Arsaces
All about the Gods
Sfoghino in the first indignation:
Never barbaric to such an extent
The son will be of a son.
In hate the Ciel you are ...
But you're my mother, all of them.

Semiramide
I love ... the merit.

Arsaces
Take it easy...

Semiramide
(with thrill)
I already grow up - Svenami.
Son of Nino! ...

Arsaces
Poor
Ah, you rip my soul:
You calm down, out of pity.

Semiramide
You cry? - Your beautiful soul
He still pities me!
(Looking at him, like begging for forgiveness).
(Arsace throws herself between her arms, it is
tighten with transport; they remain embraced).

SEMIRAMIDE and ARSACE
Horror day! ...
And happy!
In your arms,
At that moment,
Forget my core
All the rigor
Of his terrible Fatality.
It is sweet to the miserable
That oppressed moans,
The duol divide,
Crying together,
The sensitive heart
Find mercy.

Arsaces
Mother - goodbye

Semiramide
It stops you ... Oh God! ...
Listen ... and where?

Arsaces
To my destiny
To the grave, to the father, to Nino ...

Semiramide
He wants blood.

Arsaces
And blood will have.

Semiramide
(marked)
And what a blood! ...

Arsaces
In the meantime you calm the edge,
Calm, or mother, your terror.
Now that heaven makes you a son
Of the hope in his favor:
I'm going to implore you for forgiveness,
To punish a traitor.

Semiramide
Ah! I do not know what kind of a peril
Fier omen chill the heart,
Now that you made me a son,
Ciel! save your favor:
Ah! I hope I can not forgive,
Its furor is too right.

SEMIRAMIDE and ARSACE
From the terrible trial
To me you re-conquer./Yes, I'm waiting for you.
(They leave).

Remote part of the palace, adjacent to the
mausoleum of Nino.

SCENE EIGHT
Absur and various voices from opposite sides, then satraps.

ASSUR
(concentrate)
The day already falls. Ah! both
The last for Arsace.
Pear now that daring:
All the great shot hurries. - In that grave
Ove Nino from me ... from her already pushed ...
And if there! ... If that shadow! - Vil terror! ...
I...
(Various voices from opposite sides).

VOICES
Assur! ...

ASSUR
Which noise! ​​...

VOICES
Assur! ...

ASSUR
Quai voices! ...

MISCELLANEOUS SATRAPI
(escendo)
Assur! ... NINAL

SCENE Satraps
from various parts, and Assur.

ASSUR
Here I am. - Well ... And what's you going
like this? - Wich was? - Speak. -

CHOIR
Ah!- fate betrayed us ...
More than vengeance omai - there is no hope!
There is no more room for you.

ASSUR
More revenge? - more throat? - and why?

CHOIR
Oroe from the temple, go out ...
To the popol, to the guerrier
We put ourselves in a rage - he introduced himself. -
Nino, the Ciel talking and fe '...
That vile people terrified ...
Your name awakens horror ...
On the Assyria at the new day ...
A scythian will reign! ...
Ah!Fate betrayed us
More revenge omai there is ...
There is no more room for you.

ASSUR
(with energy)
Yes - there will be revenge. - I still live:
I alone enough. - By unknown way,
Di Nino in the grave
There is descending ... I alone
The wicked to faint, to avenge you flight.
Trema, Arsace ... Ah! - What a miro!
(He goes to the grave ... he suddenly stops,
as if struck by a terrible object ...
of a frightful vision)

On that threshold! ... and that! ... crazy! delirious?
(advances, and with horror)
What hand! ... man of iron rejects me? ...
And who? - Desso! - Oh! what looks! ... a brando and tightens ...
He rushes to me - we flee ... Ah! That stops
me ... Leave me - The crin seizes me The
foot of the earth breaks through
! The abyss! ... and it points out to me ...
And it pushes me ... Ah! no ... Ciel! - nor can I
flee from him? ... How to save me! Oh God!
Deh! ... it stops you ... it calms you ... forgives ...
Remove to me that terrible aspect:
That slap already I feel in the breast ...
That abyss fills me with horror.
At the peace of the skin returns ...
Ah! pity of the oppressed my heart.

CHOIR
(sotto voce, watching him)
And what happened? - Who speaks? ... and the delirious ...
Geme ... mania ... panting sighs ...
What never disturbs, terrifies that heart!
(approaching him)
Ah!Sir! ... Assur! ...

ASSUR
(softly)
Silent.
(In the attitude in which he remained)
Oh! ... run away -

CHOIR
Come on, you shake. -

ASSUR
Ei threat ... you see it! ...

CHOIR
Who? ...

ASSUR Is
there still? -

CHOIR
You alone with us
Here you are.

ASSUR
(little by little turning the look)
But how? - And you? ...
(reviving)
There ... Finish - shoot! - breath. -
It was deliro! ... a dream - and me! ...
I had a shadow! - Oh! my rossor! -
If an instant you delirai,
If you were weak to you,
D'an adversary God was enchantment ...
But to land me invan tried
...
Those ' Numbers furious ... That umber quivers ...
The horror of the tombs
Vo daring to defy.
De 'Numi, of fate,
Dell'ombre, of death,
This strong soul
will know how to triumph.

CHOIR
De 'Numi, of fate,
Dell'ombre, of death,
A strong soul
Will know how to triumph.
(Assur enters boldly, the chorus disperses).

SCENE DECIMA
Mitrane, Arbate with guards.

MITRANE
(from opposite side, all guarded)
O excess black! - In his insane rage
Violar dares the traitor the august
Holiness of the tombs! - Surround
yourself these places! - La rimanti, Arbate,
Ready to fall on those rebels. - I fly to
prevent the Queen. - Ah! this
Night of horror to her is not fatal!
(Arbates and the guards retreat, Mitrane
on the other side).


Underground interior of the Nino mausoleum.
The urn containing the ashes of Nino is in the
middle.


ELEVEN SCENE
The Magi descend; some are armed
with a dagger; they advance declaiming
the following


CHOIR
A traitor,
With wicked ardir,
Threats penetrate, to design,
Among these horrors. - Death to the engagement.
Lontan romor ...
Doubt to get around S'ode
of uncertain piè ... - Who will it be?

SOME
Ah!maybe the young King!

OTHER
If it were the traitor! ...

ALL
In so much darkness
O God vendicator
Find out to my fury ...
The wicked will be lost ... He
will fall ... he will die ...
(They scatter and ascend among the vaults, then
Oroe with Arsace).


NINIA
Qual dense night! - where we go down! and which
invincible terror the alma takes me over!
A horror ... A shudder ... A horrible
omen ... that chills me. - I do not know
why ... but I cry.

OROE
At the great moment or six.
Snuda that iron. - Ardire,
do not think about hurting.

NINIA
But who will hurt ?
Where is the victim?

OROE
The guide is a God.
(He retires).

NINIA
Tremendous arcane! ... Ah! the only Assur!
Oh father ... Yes, at the foot of your grave
I will immolate you.
(He goes around and gets lost in sight).
(Assur presents itself on the opposite side).


ASSUR
Among these horrors,
Furies, that stirred me, Reggete
my steps, the acciar guide.
Proud rival, to my vengeance
Your fate abandons you;
Here you will find death ...
And the grave.
(He gets lost among the times).
(Semiramide from the bottom).


SEMIRAMID
Already the treacherous descent:
Among these opaque darkness concealed He
awaits his victim. - But armed
It is the arm of a mother. - O you ... that bridegroom
I no longer apprehend, I welcome, in the meantime,
a weeping and desolate heart.
To my pray you surrender:
Your son defend;
Forgive me once,
have mercy on me.
(It remains sighing at the foot of Nino's tomb).

NINIA
(returning from opposite side)
Gods!what sigh! Father ... it's you!

ASSUR
(returning)
Where am I going?

SEMIRAMIDE
Oh heaven! -

ASSUR
Who moans? - Ah! ... maybe! ...

NINIA
Oh mother! ...

SEMIRAMID
I tremble! ...

ASSUR
I frost.

SEMIRAMIDE, NINIA and ASSUR
The used ardir ...
My valor where is it?
Where is my cor? ...
Ah!the feeling languir
In so much horror.
What will ever be of me?
What will I do?
Miserable! / A! Oh God! I do not know! ...
The used ardir. -
(They remain in analogous attitudes of terror
and breathlessness).


OROE
(behind the grave with solemn sound)
Ninia, hurt!

ASSUR
(hit)
Ninia ...

NINIA
(recognizes the voice)
Assur! ...

SEMIRAMIDE
(of the same)
The son! ...

ASSUR
(as above)
Arsace!
Where is?
(Looking for darkness).

NINIA
Pera -

SEMIRAMID
Save. -

NINIA
My Father,
Behold your vengeance -
(While trying to hurt Assur, who looks
for him in another part, Semiramis presents him,
and he wounds her believing her to be Assur).

Iniquitous ... Mori. -

SEMIRAMIDE
(falling behind Nino's grave)
Oh God! ...

OROE
(appearing)
Magi ... Guards ...
(The Magi with
torches and the guards
appear in groups ).
(Marking Assur who remains surprised)
Di Nino
The killer arrested.
Ninia in Arsace, and your king targeted.
(Everyone prostrates themselves before Ninia).

ASSUR
(unarmed) He Ninia! - Oh, fate!

NINIA
(seeing ahead of Assur)
Do you live? - but who then I fainted there?
And this blood!

CHOIR
Heaven is pagai omai:
Revenge is accomplished. -
Come. - He is drawn to his fate.

ASSUR
More horrible to me than death
It is to see you my King.
(In leaving among the guards, he sees
Semiramis extinguished behind the grave)

But ... Oh! joy! - Still
more desperate than
I can leave you.
(With fierce exultation)
There, superb, aims:
Contemplate your opra ... Look who is breathing. -

OROE
(interposing).
Ah!no ...

NINIA
(with anxiety and breathlessness)
Leave.

ASSUR
(with strength and joy)
It's your mother.
(It is led by the guards).

NINIA
(with horror and anguish)
My mother! ... and me! - What a horrible! and I could! ...
But you, barbarians Gods, you who led
The right ... the blows!
(With impetus)
Ah!where's that hoax?
Give it to my fury:
Odious, fatal
Is it my life to me ...
(He tries to hurt himself: he is held back by Oroe, among
whose arms he surrenders unconscious).


OROE and CORO
Stop ...

OTHERS
Stop you.

CHORUS GENERAL
Come Arsace, to the triumph, to the palace,
Of the pain to excess resist:
You de 'numi to want servants;
Let you be happy with Assyria.
Come, the people rejoice, celebrate;
See, worship the new King.
(The scene is filled with satraps, Great
and the people.




END