I Burn! I Freeze!

Opera details:

Opera title:

The Rake's Progress

Composer:

Igor Stravinsky

Language:

English

Synopsis:

The Rake's Progress Synopsis

Libretto:

The Rake's Progress Libretto

Translation(s):

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Aria details:

Type:

aria

Role(s):

Nick Shadow

Voice(s):

Baritone or Bass

Act:

3.14

Previous scene: Well, then. My heart is wild with fear
Next scene: With Roses Crowned

Philippe Sly - Nick Shadow - "I Burn I Freeze"

Singer: Philippe Sly

Philippe Sly: Bass-Baritone, Julian Wachner: Conductor

Nick Shadow's curse to Tom Rakewell from Igor Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

NICK
I burn! I freeze!
In shame I hear
my famished legions roar:
My own delay lost me my prey
and damns myself the more.
Defeated, mocked,
again I sink in ice and flame to lie.
But Heaven's will I'll hate and till
eternity defy.

(He looks at Tom)

Your sins, my foe,
before I go, give me some power to pain:

(He makes a magic face)

To reason blind
shall be your mind.
Henceforth be you insane!

(He goes down the grave)
(It's dawning. Tom wakes up and sings)

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