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E dessa! un detto un sol

Opera details:

Opera title:

Don Carlo


Giuseppe Verdi




Don Carlo Synopsis


Don Carlo Libretto


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Recitative details:




Don Carlo / Elisabeth


Tenor / Soprano



Previous scene: Francia nobile suol
Next scene: Un detto un sol

Angela Gheorghiu as Elisabetta in Don Carlo (studio recording)

Singer: Angela Gheorghiu

Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu's magnificent rendition of "Tu Che Le Vanità" (conductor Riccardo Chailly, "Verdi Heroines" CD Album; Decca, 2000) + "E Dessa!...Un Detto, Un Sol" + "Ma Lassu Ci Vedremo" (conductor Claudio Abbado, "Verdi per Due" CD Album; EMI, 1998). Giuseppe Verdi - Don Carlo - 1867 - the tenor in the duets is Roberto Alagna. Sung in true Verdian style, this rendition ranks with the very best in the history of opera. In her late 40s Angela began to sing "Tu Che Le Vanità" regularly in her concerts - one of these live performances (from December 2014) is available on my channel.

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Don Carlo, Elisabetta

È dessa!

Un detto, un sol; al ciel raccomando
Il pellegrin che parte; e poi sol vi domando
Di vivere e obliar.

Sì, forte esser vogl'io:
Ma quando è infranto amore, prima della morte uccide.

No - pensate a Rodrigo!
Non è per folli idee,
Ch'ei si sacrificò!

Sulla terra fiamminga
Io vo' che a lui s'innalzi sublime, eccelso avel,
Qual mai ne ottenne un re tanto nobile e bel!

I fior del paradiso a lui sorrideranno.

Vago sogno m'arrise... e sparve; or nell'affanno.
Un rogo appar a me, che spinge vampe al ciel.
Di sangue tinto un rio, resi i campi un avel,
Un popolo che muor, e a me la man protende
Siccome a Redentor, nei dì della sventura.
A lui n'andrò beato, se spento o vincitor,
Plauso o pianto m'avrò dal tuo memore cor.

Sì l'eroismo è questo e la sua sacra fiamma!
L'amor degno di noi, l'amor che i forti infiamma!
Ei fa dell'uomo un Dio! Va! non tardare ancor!
Sali il Calvario e salva un popolo che muor!

Sì con la voce tua quella gente m' appella...
E, se morrò per lei, la mia morte fia bella!
Ah! pria di questo dì alcun poter uman
Disgiunta non avria la mia dalla tua man!
Ma vinto in sì gran dì l'onor ha in me l'amore;
Impresa a questa par rinnova e mente e core!
Non vedi, Elisabetta! io ti stringo al mio seno
Né mia virtù vacilla, né ad essa io mancherò!
Or che tutto finì e la man io ritiro
Dalla tua man, tu piangi?

Sì, piango, ma t'ammiro.
Il pianto gli è dell'alma, vedere tu lo puoi,
Qual san pianto versar le donne pegli eroi!

English Libretto or Translation:


Don Carlo, Elisabetta

It is given!

A saying, a sol; in heaven I recommend
The pilgrim who leaves; and then I ask you
To live and forget.

Yes, I want to be strong:
But when love is broken, it kills before death.

No - think of Rodrigo!
It's not for crazy ideas,
What he sacrificed!

On the Flemish land
I wanted him to rise sublime, sublime avel,
What ever he got a king so noble and beautiful!

The flowers of paradise will smile to him.

Vague dream gave me ... and disappeared; or in breathlessness.
A pyre appears to me, which pushes vampires to heaven.
Of blood dyed a stream, made the fields an avel,
A people that dies, and I extend it to me
As in Redentor, in the days of misfortune.
I will go blessed to him, if he is off or victorious,
Plauso or crying I will have you from your mind cor.

Yes, heroism is this and its sacred flame!
Love worthy of us, love that the strong inflames!
He makes man a God! It goes! do not delay too!
Climb the Calvary and save a dying people!

Yes, with your voice those people call me ...
And, if I die for her, my death is beautiful!
Ah! before this day, no human being can
Disjoint does not have mine from your man!
But won in such a great day, honor has love in me;
Business to this par renewal and mind and core!
You do not see, Elizabeth! I hold you to my breast
Neither my virtue wavers, nor will I miss it!
Now that all ended and the man withdrew
From your man, you cry?

Yes, I cry, but I admire you.
The cry is of the mind, see you can,
What a holy cry to pay women for heroes!

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