Ghena Dimitrova (Bulgarian: Гeна Димитpова) (6 May 1941--11 June 2005) was a Bulgarian operatic soprano. Her voice was known for its power and extension used in operatic roles such as Turandot in a career spanning four decades. She started singing in the school choir and her powerful voice led to her being offered a place at the Sofia Conservatory studying under Cristo Brambarov between 1959 and 1964. While she was initially classified as a mezzo-soprano, she was recognised as a soprano in her second year. She made her Italian debut as Turandot in Treviso in 1975, and essayed the same role for her 1983 La Scala debut opposite tenor Plácido Domingo in Franco Zeffirelli's lavish production. Her Turandot is also preserved in a video of the Arena di Verona production from 1983, with Nicola Martinucci and Cecilia Gasdia. In 1988, she made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York performing the same role. Dimitrova once said of the role: "Turandot may not be my favorite part, but it shows off the voice to great advantage. The way the music is written, you need a voice like a trumpet to do it justice." Her debut in the United States was in 1981 performing the role of Elvira in Ernani. She sang at the Barbican Arts Centre in Ponchielli's La Gioconda in 1983 before making her Covent Garden debut in the same year...
Lyrics & English Translation
Macbeth, you are an ambitious man.
You want to be great, but will you be wicked?
The way to the power is full of crimes,
And plague on him
That begins that way doubting and then goes back.
Come on! Hurry up!
I will fire your cold heart!
I will make you able
To complete the bold undertaking.
The witches promise you
The Scottish throne...
What are you waiting for?
Accept this gift! Ascend it and reign!
Ministers of hell,
Spur mortals to bloodshed!
Enshroud us with thick darkness!
Let the dagger not see the breast it strikes, etc.
Now arise all!
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