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Could it then have been known

Opera details:

Opera title:

The Rake's Progress


Igor Stravinsky




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Trio details:




Anne Trulove / Tom Rakewell / Baba the Turk


Soprano / Tenor / Mezzo-Soprano



Previous scene: MMy love, am I to remain in here forever?
Next scene: I have not run away dear heart

The Rake's Progress - Opera in 3 Acts: Act II, Scene 2: Trio: "Could It Then Have Been Known" -...

Singer(s): Judith Raskin Alexander Young Regina Sarfaty

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The Rake's Progress - Opera in 3 Acts: Act II, Scene 2: Trio: "Could It Then Have Been Known" - Finale: "I Have Not Run Away" · Igor Stravinsky / 特拉汶斯基

Stravinsky Conducts "The Rake's Progress"

℗ Originally released 1964 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

Soprano: Judith Raskin
Tenor: Alexander Young
Librettist: W.H. Auden
Librettist: Chester Kallman
Contralto: Regina Sarfaty
Harpsichord: Colin Tilney
Associated Performer: Sadler's Wells Opera Chorus
Chorus Master: John Barker
Associated Performer: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / 伦敦皇家爱乐管弦乐团 / 倫敦皇家愛樂管弦樂團
Producer: John McClure

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Could it then have been known?
When spring was love and love took all our ken.
That I and I alone and on the frozen ground
should see love dead?

It is done, it is done.
I turn away, yet should I turn again,
the arbour would be gone
upon that forsworn ground
the birds lie dead

Who is it pray, he prefers to me
on our wedding day?

Oh bury the heart there deeper
upon its only bridal bed.
And should it dreaming, ask when
shall I awaken once again I say: never.
We shall this wintry promise keep.
Obey thy exile, honour sleep...

Oh promise the heart to winter
swear it bound, to nothing live and you shall wed.
But should you vow to love,
Oh then see that you shall not feel again never
lest you, you alone, your promise keep
walk the long aisle and walking, weep...

A family friend?
An ancient flame?
I'm quite perplexed.
And, more, I confess,
than a little vexed.
Enough is enough!
Baba is not used to be so abused.
Heavens above!
Will you permit me to sit
in this conveyance forever?

... forever.

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