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Stride la vampa

Opera details:

Opera title:

Il Trovatore

Composer:

Giuseppe Verdi

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

Il Trovatore Synopsis

Libretto:

Il Trovatore Libretto

Translation(s):

English Deutsch

Aria details:

Type:

aria

Role(s):

Azucena

Voice(s):

Mezzo-Soprano

Act:

2.02

Previous scene: Vedi le fosche notturne spoglie
Next scene: Mesta e la tua canzon

Shirley Verrett: Verdi - Il Trovatore, 'Stride la vampa'

Singer: Shirley Verrett

Shirley Verrett (May 31, 1931 -- November 5, 2010) was an African-American operatic mezzo-soprano who successfully transitioned into soprano roles i.e. soprano sfogato. Verrett enjoyed great fame from the late 1960s through the 1990s, particularly well known for singing the works of Verdi and Donizetti. Born into an African-American family of devout Seventh-day Adventists in New Orleans, Louisiana, Verrett was raised in Los Angeles, California. She sang in church and showed early musical abilities, but initially a singing career was frowned upon by her family. Later Verrett went on to study with Anna Fitziu and with Marion Szekely Freschl at the Juilliard School in New York. In 1961 she won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She appeared in the first concert ever televised from Lincoln Center in 1962, and also appeared that year in the first of the Leonard Bernstein Young People's Concerts ever televised from that venue, in what is now Avery Fisher Hall. She made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1968, with Carmen, and at La Scala in 1969 in Samson and Dalila. Verrett's mezzo roles included Cassandra and Didon (Berlioz's Les Troyens)-including the Met premiere, when she sang both roles in the same performance, Giuseppe Verdi's Ulrica, Amneris, Eboli, Azucena, Saint-Saëns' Dalila, Donizetti's Elisabetta I in "Maria Stuarda", Leonora in La favorita, Gluck's Orpheus, and Rossini's Neocles (L'assedio di Corinto) and Sinaide in Moïse. Many of these roles were recorded, either professionally or privately. Beginning in the late 1970s she began to tackle soprano roles, including Selika in L'Africaine, Judith in Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle, Lady Macbeth Macbeth, Madame Lidoine in Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites (Met1977), Tosca, Norma ( from Boston 1976 till Messina 1989), Aida (Boston 1980 and 1989), Desdemona (Otello) (1981), Leonore (Fidelio) (Met 1983), Iphigénie (1984--85), Alceste (1985), Médée (Cherubini) (1986)...

Lyrics & English Translation

She was led to her destiny in chains!
With the child in my arm, I followed her weeping.
I tried, in vain, to reach her...
In vain the wretch tried to stop and bless me!
For, among terrible curses, prodding her with their weapons
they pushed her towards the stake, those cruel men!
Then, with broken accents she exclaimed: "Revenge!"
That word eternally reverberates in this heart.
I managed to kidnap the Count's child:
I dragged him hither...
the flames were ready.
He was crying his heart out,
my heart was torn, in shreds!...
Then all of a sudden, to the sick soul, like in a dream,
a vision of frightening phantoms rose!
The guards and the torture! My mother, deathly pale...
barefoot, half naked!...the cry, the well-known cry echoes....
"Revenge!"...I stretch my trembling hand...I hold
the victim... I reached for it, push it into the fire...
the delirium is over...the dreadful scene vanishes...
only the flame burning, and its victim is no more!
I then turn my eyes and I see just in front of me
the son of the wicked Count...
My son,
my own son I had killed!
I still feel
my hair raising at the thought of it!


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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

AZUCENA
Canta: gli Zingari le si fanno allato

Stride la vampa! - la folla indomita
Corre a quel fuoco - lieta in sembianza;
Urli di gioia - intorno echeggiano:
Cinta di sgherri - donna s'avanza!
Sinistra splende - sui volti orribili
La tetra fiamma - che s'alza al ciel!

Stride la vampa! - giunge la vittima
Nerovestita, - discinta e scalza!
Grido feroce - di morte levasi;
L'eco il ripete - di balza in balza!
Sinistra splende - sui volti orribili
La tetra fiamma - che s'alza al ciel!

English Libretto or Translation:

AZUCENA
The flame crackles! The unrestrained mob
runs to that fire, their faces all happy!
Shouts of joy re?echo around;
surrounded by killers, a woman comes forward!
Sinister, shining on the horrible faces,
the ghastly flame rises, rises towards heaven!
The flame crackles! The victim arrives,
dressed in black, dishevelled, barefoot!
A fierce shout of death is raised,
its echo repeated from hill to hill!
Sinister, shining, etc.

Sheetmusic in our database with this aria

G. Schirmer Opera Anthology: Arias for Mezzo-SopranoG. Schirmer Opera Anthology: Diction Coach - Arias for Mezzo-SopranoOperatic Anthology: Mezzo-SopranoAnthology of Italian Opera: Mezzo-SopranoCantolopera: Arias for Mezzo-Soprano Volume 1

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