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Fatal mia donna

Opera details:

Opera title:

Macbeth

Composer:

Giuseppe Verdi

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

Macbeth Synopsis

Libretto:

Macbeth Libretto

Translation(s):

English Deutsch

Duet details:

Type:

duet

Role(s):

Macbeth / Lady Macbeth

Voice(s):

Baritone / Soprano

Act:

1.09b

Previous scene: Regna il sonno su tutti
Next scene: Di destarlo per tempo il Re

Adelaide Negri and Renato Bruson. ¨Fatal mia donna¨, Verdi´s Macbeth. Lisboa 1981

Singer(s): Renato Bruson Montserrat Caballé Fiorenza Cossotto Ghena Dimitrova Marisa Galvany Matteo Manuguerra Renata Scotto Tatiana Troyanos Ruggero Raimondi Giuditta Pasta Juan Pons

The great Adelaide Negri with Renato Bruson. Macbeth at Lisboa in the 1981 season.

Adelaide Negri is one of the very few Sfogatto sopranos (together with Callas, Gencer, the splendid Marisa Galvany, just to name most of them on last century), who can sing every role from dramatic mezzo to coloratura soprano (as far as we know, ¨Prendi, per me sei libero¨, sang by Negri here in youtube, it´s the most phenomenal vocal portrait showing her huge tessitura almost complet). Negri has alterned for manty years the most different vocal roles, Norma and Lucia, Lady Macbeth and Amina, ecc...

Negri´s operatic career is inusually long, (37 years long until 2009), and started in 1972 with her first public appearences in Buenos Aires.

She made her début at the Met singing "Norma", opposite Domingo and Troyanos, conducting Levine. Followed Il Trovatore with Cossotto, Mauro and Pons (1983), Ernani with Pavarotti, Milnes and Raimondi (1983), Macbeth with Milnes and Quilico (1984). In "The Met on tour" she sang in Boston, and in "The Met in the Parks" (Lucia di Lammermoor) (1983). In Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center (Un ballo in maschera), in Denver, Colorado (Il Trovatore), in Bridgeport and Standford (Nabucco) , in San Juan de Puerto Rico (La Gioconda), in Palm Beach (La Traviata).

During her insuallly long career, Negri has sang with hundreds of international collegues, including Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Nicola Martinucci, Franco Bonisolli, Jaime Aragall, Ermanno Mauro, Sherril Milnes, Renato Bruson, Ruggero Raimondi, Matteo Manuguerra, Juan Pons, Fiorenza Cossotto, Tatiana Troyanos, ecc... And alterned roles with Montserrat Caballé (¨Cristobal Colon¨, by Balada), Ghena Dimitrova (Lady Macbeth), Renata Scotto (Norma), ecc...

Her European debut took place at the Staadtheater Klagenfurt (Austria) singing Lucia (1977/78), "Norma" 1978) "Il tabarro" (1978) and "Maria Stuarda" (1980). Followed by engagements with Staattheater Wien (Lucia), Hamburgishes Oper (Lucia, Il Trovatore) OperBonn ("Norma" "Medea", "Armida") Stuttgart Oper ("La Traviata"), Bruknerhalle Linz (Guglielmo Tell), Frankfurt Alte Oper (Maria Stuarda).

She sang in Italy: Bergamo, Verona, Torino, Genova, Macerata, Trieste, Cagliari, Catania, Jesi, Padova, Parma: Modena, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Ravenna, Ferrara, Rovigo, Treviso, ecc...

In France: Radio France, Grand Teatre Tours, Rouen.

In Switzerland: Operntheatre Bern, Winthertur Staattheater (Königin der Nacht)

In Hungary: Erkel Theatre, Budapest, Szeged Festival.

In Spain: Barcelona, Madrid (Macbeth), Bilbao, Mahon, Palma de Mallorca, La Coruña, Santiago de Compostela, Huelva, Almería, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

In Belgium: Liége. In Portugal: Lisbon (Macbeth, Il Trovatore).

In South Africa: Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban.

In Japan: Tokyo. In South Korea: Seoul.

The first Sfogatto Sopranos were contraltos who developed a high soprano register not losing her low notes No doubts about it, Giuditta Pasta was the most famous one as the great Bellini composed for her Norma and Sonnabula, for example. Difficult now to believe, but Amina and Norma were written for the very same voice.

These phenomenal voices are difficult to manage and their sounds aren´t neither angelical nor ¨beautiful¨ (Callas, the most famous example), but they are rare treasures and true spectacles.

These superior artists not always lasted too much: Callas only 16 years (from 1949 to 1965), but had her best time only for 8 years (until 1957), Gencer sang for almost 20 years, Galvany had a long career and Negri has again the absolute record as, until today, thanks to her phenomenal vocal technique (her husband, Bernardo Toscanos is her master and coach), her career is almost 40 years long and takes more than 70 roles..

Some of these sfogato sopranos were related to the others: Negri, for example, was highly praised by Callas´s husband, who in public said ¨she reminds me a lot to my beloved Maria. I wish her Maria´s career but not her life¨; Gencer attended Negri´s performances saying ¨she reminds me to myself on my early years´, and Negri and Galvani admired mutually.

We talk about phenomenal instruments which are very difficult to master as they are able to change colour, tessitura and volume for almost every role, being for these reasons able to sing almost any operatic role.


NOTE: we´d heartfully appreciate any Negri recordings you might have and share. ¡For September 2010 we´re trying to organize a trip to Buenos Aires to finally meet in person our diva!

Watch videos with other singers performing Fatal mia donna:

MACBETH D Anna Movie 1986 Fatal mia donna Un murmure 130014
2 - Shirley Verrett
6 - Leo Nucci
Giuseppe Taddei Leyla Gencer Fatal mia donna un murmure Macbeth 1960 130021
1 - Leyla Gencer
6 - Giuseppe Taddei

PCAPPUCCILLI SVERRETT FATAL MIA DONNA MACBETHCABBADO 130022
2 - Shirley Verrett
6 - Piero Cappuccilli
Regna il sonno su tutti Fatal mia donna 130036
1 - Maria Callas
6 - Enzo Mascherini

Franz Grundheber Ghena DimitrovaMacbethDuet Act I Fatal mia donna  130046
1 - Ghena Dimitrova
6 - Franz Grundheber
Allan Monk Sylvia SassMacbethAct IDuet Fatal mia donna  130051
1 - Sylvia Sass
6 - Allan Monk

Eliane Coelho Leo Nucci in a great rendition of Verdi s Macbeth duet Fatal mia donna 1999 130055
1 - Eliane Coelho
6 - Leo Nucci

Verdi Macbeth Fatal mia donna Macbeth Lady Macbeth Act One 130068
2 - Christa Ludwig
6 - Sherrill Milnes

Macbeth Act I Fatal mia donna 130070
2 - Nadja Michael
6 - Giovanni Meoni
Macbeth Act I Fatal mia donna 130074
1 - Leonie Rysanek
6 - Leonard Warren

Placido Domingo Macbeth O donna mia Fatal mia donna 130013
5 - Plácido Domingo
Vladislav Sulimsky Lyudmila Monastyrska Sappia la sposa mia Fatal mia donna Macbeth 130027
6 - Yevgeny Nikitin

Adelaide Negri and Renato Bruson Fatal mia donna Verdis Macbeth Lisboa 1981 130028
1 - Ghena Dimitrova
1 - Giuditta Pasta
1 - Marisa Galvany
1 - Montserrat Caballé
1 - Renata Scotto
2 - Fiorenza Cossotto
2 - Tatiana Troyanos
6 - Juan Pons
6 - Matteo Manuguerra
6 - Renato Bruson
6 - Ruggero Raimondi
Fatal mia donna un murmure Macbeth Verdi Nana Miriani Nikola Mijailovic 130029
6 - Nikola Mijailović

Macbeth Fatal mia donna un murmure Angelo Veccia e Anna Pirozzi 130030
6 - Angelo Veccia
Fatal mia donna 130032
6 - Thomas Hampson

FRANCO VASSALLO Anna Netrebko fatal mia donna Macbeth GVerdi Bayerische Staatsoper 130035
1 - Anna Netrebko
Verdi Macbeth MacbethLady Macbeth Act I Duet Ahlersmeyer Hongen Bohm 1943 130044
2 - Elisabeth Höngen

Mario Zanasi Gwyneth JonesMacbeth Fatal mia donna  130047
1 - Gwyneth Jones
Mario Sereni Olivia Stapp Mi si affaccia un pugnalFatal mia donna  130053
6 - Mario Sereni

Angeles Gulin Mario Zanasi Fatal mia donna un murmure Macbeth 1973 130059
1 - Ángeles Gulín

Gian Piero Mastromei Pauline TinsleyMacbeth Mi si affaccia un pugnalFatal mia donna  130061
1 - Pauline Tinsley

Lady Macbeth Jolana Fogasova Fatal mia donna Macbeth Giuseppe Verdi 130062
1 - Jolana Fogašová
Macbeth 1999 Remastered Version Fatal mia donna 130066
2 - Fiorenza Cossotto
6 - Giuliano Bernardi
6 - John Noble
6 - Ruggero Raimondi
6 - Sherrill Milnes

Denia MazzolaGavazzeni Valery AlexeevMacbeth Fatal mia donna  130065
1 - Denia Mazzola
Macbeth Act I Act I Regna il sonno su tutti Fatal mia donna Macbeth Lady Macbeth 130072
2 - Christa Ludwig
6 - Sherrill Milnes
7 - Karl Ridderbusch

Macbeth Fatal mia donna 130073
1 - Leonie Rysanek
6 - Leonard Warren
7 - Jerome Hines

Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:


SCENA XIII
La precedente, Macbeth stravolto con un pugnale in mano.


MACBETH
Tutto è finito!
Si avvicina a Lady e le dice sottovoce:
Fatal mia donna! un murmure,
Com'io non intendesti?

LADY
Del gufo udii lo stridere...
Testé che mai dicesti?

MACBETH
Io?

LADY
Dianzi udirti parvemi.

MACBETH
Mentre io scendea?

LADY
Si! si!

MACBETH
Di! nella stanza attigua
Chi dorme?

LADY
Il regal figlio...

MACBETH
guardandosi le mani
O vista, o vista orribile!

LADY
Storna da questo il ciglio...

MACBETH
Nel sonno udii che oravano
I cortigiani, e: Dio
Sempre ne assista, ei dissero;
Amen dir volli anch'io,
Ma la parola indocile
Gelò sui labbri miei.

LADY
Follie!

MACBETH
Perché ripetere
Quell'Amen non potei?

LADY
Follie, follie che sperdono
I primi rai del dì.

MACBETH
Allora questa voce m'intesi nel petto:
Avrai per guanciali sol vepri, o Macbetto!
Il sonno per sempre, Glamis, uccidesti!
Non v'è che vigilia, Caudore , per te!

LADY
Ma dimmi, altra voce non parti d'udire?
Sei vano, o Macbetto, ma privo d'ardire:
Glamis, a mezz'opra vacilli, t'arresti,
Fanciul vanitoso, Caudore, tu se'.

MACBETH
Vendetta! tuonarmi com'angeli d'ira,
Udrò di Duncano le sante virtù.

LADY
(Quell'animo trema, combatte, delira...
Chi mai lo direbbe l'invitto che fu?)
a Macbeth
Il pugnal là riportate...
Le sue guardie insanguinate...
Che l'accusa in lor ricada.

MACBETH
Io colà?... non posso entrar!

LADY
Dammi il ferro.

Strappa dalle mani di Macbeth il pugnale, ed entra nelle stanze del Re


SCENA XIV
Macbeth solo


Bussano forte alla porta del castello

MACBETH
Ogni rumore mi spaventa!
Si guarda le mani
Oh! questa mano!
Non potrebbe l'Oceano
Queste mani a me lavar!


SCENA XV
Lady Macbeth e il precedente.


LADY
rientrando
Ve'! le mani ho lorde anch'io;
Poco spruzzo, e monde son.
L'opra anch'essa andrà in oblio...

Battono di nuovo.

MACBETH
Odi tu? raddoppia il suon!

LADY
Vieni altrove! ogni sospetto
Rimoviam dall'uccisor;
Torna in te! fa cor, Macbetto!
Non ti vinca un vil timor.

MACBETH
Oh, potessi il mio delitto
Dalla mente cancellar!
Deh, sapessi, o Re trafitto,
L'alto sonno a te spezzar!
Parte trascinato da Lady

English Libretto or Translation:

MACBETH
His face contorted and a dagger in his hand
It is all over.
My fated lady, did you not hear
murmuring, as I did?

LADY MACBETH
I heard the shriek of an owl.
What did you say a moment ago?

MACBETH
I?

LADY MACBETH
I thought I heard you just now.

MACBETH
While I was coming down?

LADY MACBETH
Yes.

MACBETH
Tell me, who is sleeping
in the side room?

LADY MACBETH
The King's son.

MACBETH
looking at his hands
Oh, what an awful sight!

LADY MACBETH
Look away.

MACBETH
I heard the courtiers
praying in their sleep.
God be with us always.' they said.
I wanted to say Amen
but the rebellious word
froze on my lips.

LADY MACBETH
Madness!

MACBETH
Why could I not
say that Amen?

LADY MACBETH
Such foolishness, but the first light of day
will dispel it.

MACBETH
Then I heard a voice within me saying,
O Macbeth, you will have only thorns for a pillow.
Glamis, you have murdered sleep for ever.
Cawdor, you will never sleep again.

LADY MACBETH
But tell me, did you not seem to hear another voice?
You are bold, Macbeth, but have no daring.
You hesitate halfway, Glamis, and stop.
Cawdor, you are a conceited child.

MACBETH
I shall hear Duncan's holy virtues
thunder vengeance at me like angels of wrath.

LADY MACBETH
His spirit is trembling, struggling and raving.
Who would ever call him the unconquered man he was?
Take the knife back there.
Smear his guards with blood
so that they will be accused.

MACBETH
I go there? I cannot go back in!

LADY MACBETH
Give me the knife.

She takes the knife from Macbeth’s hands and goes into the King's chambers. There is loud knocking at the castle gate.

MACBETH
Every noise alarms me!
Oh, this hand!
The ocean could not
wash my hands clean!

LADY MACBETH
returning
See! My hands are stained too.
A sprinkle of water and they will be c1ean again.
The deed too will pass into oblivion.

There is more knocking

MACBETH
Do you hear? They're knocking louder.

LADY MACBETH
Come away! We must remove
all suspicion from the murderer.
Be yourself, Macbeth. Have courage!
Don't be defeated by fear.

MACBETH
Oh, if only I could wipe my crime
from my mind!
O murdered King, if only I could
rouse you from your deep sleep.

Lady Macbeth drags him off.

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