New: Save your favorite arias, videos and singers!
Tell me more - Check it later - Not interested

Connais tu le pays

Opera details:

Opera title:



Ambroise Thomas




Mignon Synopsis


Not entered yet.


Not entered yet.

Aria details:






Mezzo-Soprano or Soprano



Previous scene: Oui je veux par le monde
Next scene: Overture

Elisabeth Grümmer, "Connais-tu le pays?", Thomas: Mignon (rec. 1953)

Singer: Elisabeth Grümmer

The great German soprano Elisabeth Grümmer (1911-1986) in Mignon's romanza, "Connais-tu le pays?" (sung here in German as "Kennst du das Land") from Thomas' Mignon. English translation of the sung text is included in the on-screen annotations in the video. The recording was made in 1953 for German Electrola. This version is my personal favorite. Among all recordings of the piece, this recording as well as Ernestine Schumann-Heink's 1907 version are the ones that truly bring out the essence of the spirit in the original verses by Goethe in "Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre" ('Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship", 1795-1796), the novel on which the libretto of Mignon is based. Grümmer has an additional advantage in the sense that her youthful-sounding voice is virtually ideal for the character of Mignon, who is actually a teenager in Goethe's original story.

The late John Steane concludes his chapter on Grümmer in his book "Singers of the Century" most touchingly. Her husband; "her one love," was a violinist & "it was the sound of his violin, the daily practice of the legato, cantabile style, that most influenced her concept of the singer's art. It's said she never fully & inwardly recovered from his death in an air raid during WWII, and when she returned to singing after the war, it was perhaps more than anything else to preserve the memory & perpetuate the sound of that violin."

The following biographical profile of Grümmer comes from Cantabile-subito ("She was born in Lorraine (Niederjeutz, later Yutz-Basse) as the child of German parents. In 1918 the family was evicted from Lorraine and moved to the theatre town of Meiningen. She attended the drama school and appeared in the school's scenic performances in classical roles like Klärchen in Goethe's Egmont. All her artistic goals seemed to come to an end when she married the violinist Detlev Grümmer (a concert-master at the Landestheater Meiningen) and eventually became a mother. When her husband obtained an engagement at the Stadttheater in Aachen, this represented an important change of centre for the family. The young Herbert von Karajan was General Music Director of this opera house and she was very much impressed by him. She decided to take singing lessons, among others with the renowned vocal coach Franziska Martienssen-Lohmann. Karajan was interested in working with her right from the beginning. He gave her the chance to appear in a Parsifal performance in 1941 as the First Flower maiden. She was engaged to Duisburg and then eventally to Prague. Her husband died tragically at a bombing attack. After war she became a regular member of the Städtische Oper Berlin. Berlin always remained the centre of her activities. She sang with greatest success in all the world's leading operahouses, at Covent Garden, the Grand Opéra, La Scala, the Met, the Teatro Colón, and the State Operas of Munich, Vienna and Hamburg. Between 1957 and 1961 she was to be heard at the Bayreuth Festival each year. She restricted herself to a rather small repertoire she made very much her own: Pamina, Donna Anna, Ilia, the Countess Almaviva, Agathe, Hänsel, Oktavian, the Marschallin, Countess Madeleine, Eva, Elsa, Elisabeth, Gutrune, Freia and Desdemona. She made it her practise to sing everything in her own language. Her art is unforgettable on the concert platform. Her song recitals were always great artistic events as her performances of Bach's Passions and her unsurpassed Ihr habt nur Traurigkeit in Brahms' German Requiem. In 1965 Elisabeth Grümmer became professor at the Berlin Musikhochschule. In 1986 she was nominated an honorary member of the Deutsche Oper, Berlin. She died the same year in Warendorf (Westphalia)."

Watch videos with other singers performing Connais tu le pays:

Teresa BERGANZA Mignon Connaistu le pays  23443
2 - Teresa Berganza
Ambroise Thomas Mignon Connaistu le pays Magdalena Kozena 23448
2 - Magdalena Kožená

Maria Jose Montiel sings Connaistu le pays Mignon by Thomas 23444
2 - María José Montiel
Connaistu le pays Denyce Graves 92598
2 - Denyce Graves

Elisabeth Grummer Connaistu le pays Thomas Mignon rec 1953 23475
1 - Elisabeth Grümmer
Elena Cernei Thomas MIGNON Connaistu le pays 23464
2 - Elena Cernei

Karine Deshayes Connaistu le pays ou fleurit l oranger Moscow 29 April 2015 92599
2 - Karine Deshayes

Lucia Valentini Terrani in Connaistu le pays dall opera Mignon di AThomas 23459
2 - Lucia Valentini Terrani

Frederica von Stade Connaistu le pays Mignon Ambroise Thomas 23442
2 - Frederica von Stade
Elina Garanca Connaistu le pays Mignon Ambroise Thomas 23440
2 - Elīna Garanča

Part III Rare and unknown voices HERTHA TaPPER 92602
3 - Hertha Töpper
Jennifer Larmore MignonThomas Connaistu le pays 23449
2 - Jennifer Larmore

Mignon s Aria Connaistu le pays Vesselina Kasarova 92607
2 - Vesselina Kasarova
Adelina Patti Connaistu le pays Thomas Mignon recorded in 1906 92606
1 - Adelina Patti

Lucrezia Bori Connaistu le pays Thomas Mignon recorded in 1928 92613
1 - Lucrezia Bori
MarieNicole Lemieux Connaistu le pays Mignon Ambroise Thomas 23445
3 - Marie-Nicole Lemieux

100 Singers RISE STEVENS 92615
2 - Risë Stevens
Giulietta Simionato Connaistu le pays Mignon 23453
2 - Giulietta Simionato

Conchita Supervia Connaistu le pays Thomas Mignon French Odeon 1931 92617
2 - Conchita Supervía
Ambroise Thomas Mignon Geraldine Farrar Connaistu le pays  23485
1 - Geraldine Farrar

Ebe Stignani Mignon Thomas Non Conosci Il Bel Suol 92619
2 - Ebe Stignani

Ernestine SchumannHeink Connaistu le pays Thomas Mignon rec 1907 92620
3 - Ernestine Schumann-Heink

Marilyn Horne Connaistu le pays Mignon Ambroise Thomas 23451
2 - Marilyn Horne
Lotte Lehmann Connaistu le pays Thomas Mignon recorded in 1917 92621
1 - Lotte Lehmann

2 - Sonia Ganassi
15Ambroise Thomas Connaistu le pays Mignon  92630
1 - Małgorzata Walewska

Mezzosoprano GIANNA PEDERZINI Mignon Non conosci il bel suol 1930 92633
2 - Gianna Pederzini
Ninon VALLIN Mignon Connaistu le pays  92635
1 - Ninon Vallin

Thomas Mignon Julia Hamari Act 1 flv 92637
2 - Julia Hamari
American Soprano Anna Case Connaistu le pays O Sleep Why Dost Thou Leave Me 1928 92640
1 - Anna Case

Connaistu le pays Mignon Thomas LIVE Jana Sakorova 23478
3 - Jana Sýkorová
Connaistu le pays aus Mignon Ambroise Thomas GesangDaniela Vega 92645
2 - Daniela Vega

Polish Soprano Marcella Sembrich Connaistu le pays 1907 92653
1 - Marcella Sembrich
Mignon Connaistu le pays Romance Act 1 Mignon 92655
1 - Renata Scotto

Sigrid Arnoldson sing Mignon Act I Connaistu le pays 92657
1 - Sigrid Arnoldson

Jane Rhodes Connaistu le pays MIGNON Ambroise Thomas 23466
2 - Jane Rhodes

2 - Bruna Castagna
Mignon Connaistu le pays ou fleurit l oranger Mignon 1953 Version 92670
2 - Solange Michel

Connaistu le pays ou fleurit loranger Mignon 92671
1 - Janine Micheau
Mignon Mignon Act I Connaistu le pays 92674
1 - Florence Easton

Mignon oeConnaistu le pays Do You Know the Land 92675
1 - Bidu Sayão
Mignon Connaistu Le Pays 92680
1 - Amalia Paoli

Mignon Connaistu le pays Mignon 92684
2 - Soňa Červená
Connais tu le pays Mignon 92697
3 - Maartje Offers

Mignon Connaistu le pays  92708
2 - Monica Groop
Soprano FLORENCE EASTON Mignon Connaistu le pays 1922 92641
1 -
1 - Florence Easton

Mignon Act I Act I Connaistu le pays ou fleurit l oranger Mignon 92699
1 - Mimi Benzell
2 - Risë Stevens


Connais-tu le pays où fleurit l'oranger?
Le pays des fruits d'or et des roses vermeilles,
Où la brise est plus douce et l'oiseau plus léger,
Où dans toute saison butinent les abeilles,
Où rayonne et sourit, comme un bienfait de Dieu,
Un éternel printemps sous un ciel toujours bleu!
Hélas! Que ne puis-je te suivre
Vers ce rivage heureux d'où le sort m'exila!
C'est là ! c'est là  que je voudrais vivre,
Aimer, aimer et mourir!

Connais-tu la maison où l'on m'attend là -bas?
La salle aux lambris d'or, où des hommes de marbre
M'appellent dans la nuit en me tendant les bras?
Et la cour où l'on danse à  l'ombre d'un grand arbre?
Et le lac transparent où glissent sur les eaux
Mille bateaux légers pariels à  des oiseaux!
Hélas! Que ne puis-je te suivre
Vers ce pays lointain d'où le sort m'exila!
C'est là ! c'est là  que je voudrais vivre,
Aimer, aimer et mourir!

English Libretto or Translation:

Not entered yet.

Sheetmusic in our database with this aria

Operatic Anthology: Mezzo-SopranoCantolopera: Arias for Mezzo-Soprano Volume 2