Maria Callas, Commendatore OMRI (Greek: Μαρία Κάλλας) (December 2, 1923 -- September 16, 1977) was an American-born Greek soprano and one of the most renowned opera singers of the 20th century. She combined an impressive bel canto technique, a wide-ranging voice and great dramatic gifts. An extremely versatile singer, her repertoire ranged from classical opera seria to the bel canto operas of Donizetti, Bellini and Rossini; further, to the works of Verdi and Puccini; and, in her early career, to the music dramas of Wagner. Her remarkable musical and dramatic talents led to her being hailed as La Divina...
Lyrics & English Translation
Behold, the whirlwind of the Lord goeth forth: it shall fall upon the head of the wicked. (Jeremiah 30:23)
ABIGAIL entering hastily, with a parchment in her hand Happy chance I found you, oh fatal document! In his bosom the King tried to hide you, in order to prove my shame!... Abigail, issue of slaves! Very well, let it be so! ... Daughter of Nabucco such as the Assyrians take me to be, what am I here? Worse than a slave! The throne the King confides to the younger Fenena, whilst he, among his soldiers, bends his mind to exterminate Judaea! Me he sends from the battlefield here to observe the lives of others! Oh, wretches all, and even more deluded! Little do you know the heart of Abigail! Upon everyone you will see my fury fall! Ah yes! Let Fenena fall ... my pretended father ... the whole realm! Upon me hurl thyself, oh fatal anger!
I, too, once opened my heart to happiness! Everything around me I heard speak of holy love; I wept at others' tears, suffered at others' pain; ah! to that lost enchantment who will return me one day? I wept at others' tears, etc. The High Priest of Baal, accompanied by soothsayers, now enters. Who comes here?
HIGH PRIEST My eyes have witnessed a terrible sight!
ABIGAIL Oh! Of what do you speak?
HIGH PRIEST Fenena is a wicked woman, she is setting the Hebrews free!
HIGH PRIEST Who now can check this accursed rabble? Power awaits you ...
ABIGAIL How's that?
HIGH PRIEST All is prepared.
HIGH PRIEST, SOOTHSAYERS We have already spread the rumour abroad that the King has fallen in battle ... The people call for you as queen to save the Assyrian land. Only a step... fortune is yours. Be stout of heart!
ABIGAIL I am with you! Go! Oh, faithful subject, this woman shall not yield to you in stalwart courage!
I now ascend the blood-stained seat of the golden throne. From that seat I shall be able to take my revenge. That the sceptre is mine by right all peoples shall see! Ah! Royal princesses will come hither to beg favours of the humble slave.
HIGH PRIEST, SOOTHSAYERS And the vengeance of Baal will thunder alongside yours! Yes, alongside yours!
ABIGAIL I now ascend the blood-stained seat, etc.
HIGH PRIEST, SOOTHSAYERS And the vengeance of Baal will thunder alongside yours!
ABIGAIL they will beg grace of the humble slave.
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