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L'onore? Ladri!

Opera details:

Opera title:



Giuseppe Verdi




Falstaff Synopsis


Falstaff Libretto



Aria details:




Sir John Falstaff





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Titta Ruffo sings 'L'onore! Ladri!' from Giuseppe Verdi's 'Falstaff'

Singer: Titta Ruffo

Titta Ruffo sings 'L'onore! Ladri!' from Giuseppe Verdi's 'Falstaff'.

This recording is from 1921.

In the Hogart et al original issue (see Source), this recording is part of Volume 5: Complete Victors 1915-1922. The identification number is 88637 mx C 25217-1.

Titta Ruffo (9 June 1877 - 5 July 1953) was an Italian opera singer, generally regarded as the greatest baritone of his generation. He made his debut in 1898 at the Teatro Constanzi in Rome as the Herald in Wagner's Lohengrin. After a slow start, his career took off in the early 1900s and he quickly achieved international renown. His major debuts were in Buenos Aires (1902), London (1903), Milan (1904), Lisbon (1907), and the Paris Opéra (1911). Ruffo made his American debut in Philadelphia in 1912 and sang extensively in Chicago. He reached the Metropolitan Opera relatively late in his career, in 1922 as Figaro in Rossini's The Barber of Seville. He sang 46 performances there from 1922 to 1929. He retired to Rome in 1935 and died in 1953 at the age of 76.

Ruffo's repertoire included most of the major baritone roles in French and Italian opera, including Rigoletto, di Luna, Amonasro, Germont, Tonio, Rossini's Figaro, Hamlet, Iago, Carlo in Ernani, Don Giovanni, Barnaba, and Renato in Un ballo in maschera. He was also renowned for several baritone roles in operas largely forgotten today: the title roles in Ambroise Thomas's Hamlet and Franchetti's Cristoforo Colombo, Cascart in Leoncavallo's Zazà and Neri in Giordano's La cena delle beffe. Ruffo's signature roles were Rigoletto and Hamlet.

Source. All of the Ruffo recordings in my channel were originally collected by William Hogarth, with the assistance of other collectors, notably Thomas Hood. They were issued informally on eight compact discs and subsequently reissued as one of Michael Richter's Audio Encyclopedias: Titta Ruffo: The Complete Recordings, AE 104. This reissue can be purchased from, AE1040D.

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vedendo il paggio Robin che entra dal fondo
Ehi! paggio!
poi subito a Bardolfo e Pistola
Andate a impendervi.
Ma non più a me.
al paggio che uscirà correndo con le lettere
Due lettere, prendi, per due signore.
Consegna tosto, corri, lesto, va!
rivolto a Pistola e Bardolfo
Ladri! Voi state ligi all'onor vostro, voi!
Cloache d'ignominia, quando, non sempre, noi
Possiam star ligi al nostro. Io stesso, sì, io, io,
Devo talor da un lato porre il timor di Dio
E, per necessità, sviar l'onore, usare
Stratagemmi ed equivoci,
Destreggiar, bordeggiare.
E voi, coi vostri cenci e coll'occhiata torta
Da gatto-pardo e i fetidi sghignazzi avete a scorta
Il vostro Onor! Che onore?! che onor? che onor! che ciancia!
Che baia! - Può l'onore riempirvi la pancia?
No. Può l'onor rimettervi uno stinco? Non può.
Né un piede? No. Né un dito? Né un capello? No.
L'onor non è chirurgo. Che è dunque? Una parola.
Che c'è in questa parola? C'è dell'aria che vola.
Bel costrutto! L'onore lo può sentire chi è morto?
No. Vive sol coi vivi?... Neppure: perché a torto
Lo gonfian le lusinghe, lo corrompe l'orgoglio,
L'ammorban le calunnie; e per me non ne voglio!
Ma, per tornare a voi, furfanti, ho atteso troppo.
E vi discaccio.
Prende in mano la scopa e insegue Bardolfo e Pistola che scansano i colpi correndo qua e là e riparandosi dietro la tavola
Olà! Lesti! Lesti! al galoppo!
Al galoppo! Il capestro assai ben vi sta.
Ladri! Via! Via di qua! Via di qua! Via di qua!

English Libretto or Translation:

seeing the page Robin coming in from the back

Hey! page!
then immediately to Bardolfo and Pistola.
Go and impend yourself.
But no more to me.
to the page that will come out running with the letters
Two letters, take, for two ladies.
Delivery quickly, run, quick, go!
turned to Pistola and Bardolfo
The Honor!
Thieves! You stay in your honor, you!
Cloache d'ignominia, when, not always, we
can stay loyal to ours. I myself, yes, me, me,
I must on the one hand place the fear of God
And, by necessity, mislead the honor, use
Stratagems and misunderstandings,
Destroy, border.
And you, with your rags and the look of a
cat-like cake and the fetid sghignazzi you have to escort
Your Honor! That honor?! what honor? what an honor! that chatters!
What a bay! - Can the honor fill your stomach?
No. Can the honor put a shin back on you? He can not.
Not a foot? No. Nor a finger? Nor a hair? No.
Honor is not a surgeon. What is it then? A word.
What's in this word? There is air flying.
Nice construct! Can the honor hear him who died?
No. Do you live alone with the living? ... Not even: why wrongly
The flattering swells, the pride corrupts him,
The soften the slanders; and for me I do not want it!
But, to return to you, scoundrels, I waited too long.
And I'll talk you out.
He picks up his broom and chases Bardolfo and Pistola, who dodge the blows running here and there and taking shelter behind the table
Olà! Lesti! Lesti! at a gallop!
Galloping! The halter is very well there.
Thieves! Street! Out of here! Out of here! Out of here!

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