Renato Bruson (born 13 January 1936) is an Italian operatic baritone. Bruson is widely considered one of the most important Verdi baritones of the late 20th and early 21st century. He was born in Granze near Padua, Italy. Bruson made his operatic debut as the Conte di Luna in Il trovatore at the Teatro Lirico Sperimentale in Spoleto in 1960. The following year he was Riccardo in I puritani at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma in Rome. His first Metropolitan Opera appearance was as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor in 1969. In 1970 he started his collaboration with conductor Riccardo Muti in Un ballo in maschera in Florence. He made his debut at La Scala in 1972 as Antonio in Donizetti's Linda di Chamonix, at the Edinburgh International Festival in 1972 as Ezio in Attila, at Covent Garden in 1975 in the role of Renato in Un ballo in maschera, substituting with great success for Piero Cappuccilli. He debuted at the Vienna State Opera in 1978 with Macbeth, with such a success that the prestigious Austrian theatre awarded him with the important title of Kammersänger. In the 1980s he turned to the 18th century with Mozart's Don Giovanni and to Italian verismo with Umberto Giordano's Andrea Chénier. He is considered by some critics the finest Rigoletto since Tito Gobbi. They appreciate his elegant and expressive phrasing, velvety tone, musical intelligence and acting qualities. He excels in long, lyrical lines. He is also appreciated for not disdaining smaller roles and for not assuming a divo attitude. Bruson once described himself in the following terms: "I am self critic enough to understand what I can get at. Since I knew I did not have a thundering voice to make coarse effects, I sought the interpretation since I think it is more important that the public go home with something in their hearts than some sounds in their ears"... Lyrics & English Translation
Daring, they asked me about maddening love and wounded pride. My rival dead, when every hindrance seemed removed from the achievent of my wishes she now lies out a new and a most difficult obstacle. The altar! Oh no, let not Leonora be but mine! Leonora is mine!
The flashing of her smile shines more than a star! The radiance of her beautiful features Gives me new courage! Ah! Let the love that burns inside me speak to her in my favour! Let the sun's glance clear up the tempest raging in my heart. What a noise!...oh heavens...
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Il balen del suo sorriso D'una stella vince il raggio! Il fulgor del suo bel viso Novo infonde in me coraggio!... Ah! l'amor, l'amore ond'ardo Le favelli in mio favor! Sperda il sole d'un suo sguardo La tempesta del mio cor.
Odesi il rintocco de' sacri bronzi
Qual suono!... oh ciel...
FERRANDO La squilla Vicino il rito annunzia!
CONTE Ah! pria che giunga All'altar... si rapisca!...
FERRANDO Ah bada!
CONTE Taci!... Non odo... andate... di quei faggi all'ombra Celatevi... Ferrando e gli altri Seguaci si allontanano Ah! fra poco Mia diverrŕ... Tutto m'investe un foco!
Ansioso, guardingo osserva dalla parte donde deve giungere Leonora, mentre Ferrando e i Seguaci dicono sottovoce:
FERRANDO, SEGUACI Ardire!... Andiam... celiamoci Fra l'ombre... nel mister! Ardire!... Andiam!... silenzio! Si compia il suo voler.
English Libretto or Translation:
The flashing of her smile is brighter than a star's ray! The splendour of her fair face instils new courage in me. Ah, let the love that inflames me speak to her in my favour! Let the sun of her glance dispel the storm in my heart. Ah, let the love that inflames me, etc. A bell is heard. That sound! Oh heaven!
FERRANDO Its tolling announces the approaching rite.
COUNT Ah, before she reaches the altar, she shall be seized!
FERRANDO Take care!
COUNT Silence! I hear nothing! Go, and in the shade of those beeches, conceal yourselves. Ah, soon she'll become mine; a fire rages through me!
FERRANDO and RETAINERS Courage! let's go, and hide in the shadows, in mystery! Courage! Let's go! Silence! His bidding be done!