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Lasciami non t'ascolto

Opera details:

Opera title:

Tancredi

Composer:

Giaochino Rossini

Language:

Italian

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Tancredi Synopsis

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Tancredi Libretto

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Previous scene: Fiero in contro!
Next scene: Di tanti palpiti

KATIA RICCIARELLI MARILYN HORNE Lasciami non t'ascolto...

Singer(s): Marilyn Horne Katia Ricciarelli

TANCREDI
TANCREDI.............. Marilyn Horne
AMENAIDE............. Katia Ricciarelli
ARGIRIO................. Dalmacio González
ORBAZZANO.......... Nicola Zaccaria
ISAURA................... Magali Damonte
RUGGIERO............ Sonia Nogoghossian

Festival d’Aix-en-Provence
Théâtre de l’Archevêché - 1981

Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Ralf Weikert

(Ferrara ending)

Tancredi is a melodramma eroico (opera seria or 'heroic' opera) in two acts by composer Gioachino Rossini and librettist Gaetano Rossi (who was also to write Semiramide ten years later), based on Voltaire's play Tancrède (1760). The opera made its first appearance at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice on 6 February 1813, and because Il signor Bruschino premiered in late January, the composer must have completed Tancredi in less than a month. The overture, borrowed from La pietra del paragone, is a popular example of Rossini's characteristic style and is regularly performed in concert and recorded.
Considered by Stendhal, Rossini's earliest biographer, to be "high amongst the composer's masterworks", and describing it as "a genuine thunderbolt out of a clear, blue sky for the Italian lyric theatre," his librettist Gaetano Rossi notes that, with it, "Rossini rose to glory". Richard Osborne proclaims it to be "his fully fledged opera seria and it established him, more of less instantly, as Italy's leading composer of contemporary opera."
Although the original version had a happy ending (as required by the opera seria tradition), soon after the Venice premiere, Rossini — who was more of a Neo-classicist than a Romantic, notes Servadio — had the poet Luigi Lechi rework the libretto to emulate the original tragic ending by Voltaire. In this new ending, presented at the Teatro Comunale in Ferrara on 21 March 1813, Tancredi wins the battle but is mortally wounded, and only then does he learn that Amenaide never betrayed him. Argirio marries the lovers in time for Tancredi to die in his wife's arms.
As has been stated by Philip Gossett and Patricia Brauner, it was the rediscovery of the score of this ending in 1974 (although elsewhere Gossett provides evidence that it was 1976) that resulted in the version which is usually performed today.







Duetto

"Lasciami non t'ascolto... Ah! come mai quell'anima..."


Ah, si mora, e cessi omai...
Lasciami: non t'ascolto.
Sedurmi invan tu speri;
Que' sguardi lusinghieri
Serba al novello amor.

AMENAIDE
Odimi e poi m'uccidi.
Sì, che innocente io sono;
Riprenditi il tuo dono,
Se rea mi credi ancor.


TANCREDI
Ah! come mai quell'anima
Cangiò per me d'affetto!
Per chi sospiri in petto,
O debole mio cor?

AMENAIDE
Ah! che fedel quest'anima!
Serbò il giurato affetto...
Fosti tu sol l'oggetto
Del tenero mio cor.


Dunque?
TANCREDI
Addio.

AMENAIDE
Lasciar mi puoi?

TANCREDI
Che più vuoi?...

AMENAIDE
Seguirti.

TANCREDI
Trema.

AMENAIDE
E qui sfoga il tuo furore.

AMENAIDE, TANCREDI
Ah, si mora, e cessi omai
L'atro orror de' mali miei.
Sì, tu sol, crudel, tu sei
La cagion del mio dolor.

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