I wished but once!

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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Quartet details:

Type:

quartet

Role(s):

Anne Trulove / Tom Rakewell / Nick Shadow / Father Trulove

Voice(s):

Soprano / Tenor / Baritone or Bass / Bass

Act:

1.06

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Bryn Terfel; "Fair Lady, Gracious Gentlemen...I Wished but Once"; THE RAKE'S PROGRESS; Stravinsky

Singer: Bryn Terfel

Ian Bostridge--Tom Rakewell
Deborah York--Anne Trulove
Bryn Terfel--Nick Shadow
Anne Howells--Mother Goose
Martin Robson--Trulove
John Eliot Gardner--conductor
Monteverdi Choir
London Symphony Orchestra
1997

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

Quartet

TOM
I wished but once!. I knew that surely my wish
would come true.
That I had but to speak at last
and Fate would smile
when Fortune cast the die.
I knew.

(To Nick)

Yet you, who bring
the faithful end of questioning,
here by a new and grateful master's side.
Be thanked.
And as my Fortune and my guide,
remain, confirm, deny.

NICK
Be thanked, for masterless
should I abide too long, I soon would die.

ANNE
Be thanked, oh God for him!
And may a bride
soon to his vows reply.

TRUELOVE
Be thanked, oh God, and curb his pride,
that Anne may never sigh.

(Tom embraces Anne)

TOM
My Anne, behold,
for doubt had fled our view.
The skies are clear
and every path is true.

ANNE
The joyous fount I see
that brings increase
to fields of promise and the groves of peace.

TOM, ANNE
Oh clement love!

TRUELOVE
My children, may God bless you
even as a father!

NICK
Sir! may Nick address you
a moment in your bliss?.
Even in carefree May
a thriving fortune has its roots of care:
Attorneys crouched
like gardeners to pay,
bowers of paper only seals repair.
We must be off to London.

TOM
They can wait.

TRUELOVE
No, Tom, your man is right.
Things must be done.
The sooner you settle your estate,
the sooner you and Anne can be as one.

ANNE
Father is right, dear Tom.

NICK
A coach in wait is down the road.

TOM
Well then, if Fortune sow a crop
that wax and pen must cultivate,
let's fly to husbandry
and make it grow.

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