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Calma come la tomba

Opera details:

Opera title:

Otello

Composer:

Giuseppe Verdi

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

Otello Synopsis

Libretto:

Otello Libretto

Translation(s):

English Deutsch

Recitative details:

Type:

recitative

Role(s):

Desdemona / Otello / Emilia

Voice(s):

Soprano / Tenor / Mezzo-Soprano

Act:

4.06a

Previous scene: Diceste questa sera le vostre
Next scene: Aprite aprite

Verdi: Otello: Act IV: Calma come la tomba

Singer(s): Frank Little Renata Scotto Plácido Domingo Sherrill Milnes Jean Kraft

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Verdi: Otello: Act IV: Calma come la tomba · James Levine · Giuseppe Verdi

Verdi: Otello

℗ 1978 Sony Music Entertainment

Librettist: Arrigo Boito
Associated Performer: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Tenor: Plácido Domingo
Mezzo- Soprano: Jean Kraft
Soprano: Renata Scotto
Tenor: Frank Little
Baritone: Sherrill Milnes
Bass Vocal: Paul Plishka
Bass Vocal: Malcolm King
Producer: Richard Mohr
Recording Engineer: Anthony Salvatore

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

La soffoca. un grido di Desdemona. S'ode bussare alla porta

OTELLO
contemplando il corpo di Desdemona inerte
Calma come la tomba.

EMILIA
picchia di nuovo
Aprite! Aprite!

OTELLO
trabalzando
Chi è là? Chi batte?

EMILIA
Signor mio…ven prego, lasciate
ch'io vi parli…Aprite!

OTELLO
aprendo
Emilia! che avvenne?

EMILIA
entrando
Un gran delitto! Cassio uccise Roderigo.

OTELLO
E Cassio?

EMILIA
Vive.

OTELLO
Cassio vive!

DESDEMONA
dal letto
Ingiustamente…uccisa ingiustamente…

EMILIA
accorrendo al letto
Chi geme là?…Orror!

DESDEMONA
Muoio innocente…

EMILIA
Gran Dio!…Chi fu? chi fu?

DESDEMONA
Nessuno…io stessa…Al mio
Signor mi raccomanda…muoio innocente…
Addio.
muore

OTELLO
O mentitrice! io l'uccisi.

EMILIA
Assassino!

OTELLO
Fu di Cassio la druda. A Jago il chiedi.

EMILIA
A Jago?

OTELLO
A Jago.

EMILIA
Stolto!! E tu il credesti?

OTELLO
fa per avventarsi contro Emilia
Negarlo ardisci?

EMILIA
Non ti temo.

OTELLO
la afferra
Bada!

EMILIA
Olà! Soccorso! Aiuto!
si svincola e corre verso la porta, gridando disperatamente
Otello uccise Desdemona!

English Libretto or Translation:

(A knocking is heard at the door on the right.)

OTHELLO
(contemplating the inert form of Desdemona)
As quiet as the grave.
(further knocking at the door)

EMILIA (without)
Unlock the door!

OTHELLO (starting)
Who is there? Who knocks?

EMILIA (knocking again)
O, good my lord, I do beseech
that I may speak with you...
Unlock the door!

OTHELLO (opening the door)
Emilia! What’s the matter?

EMILIA (entering)
Yonder’s foul murder done!
Cassio has killed Roderigo!

OTHELLO
And Cassio?

EMILIA
Lives.

OTHELLO
Cassio lives!!

DESDEMONA (from the bed)
Falsely...
falsely killed...

EMILIA (running towards the bed)
What cry is that?...
O horror!

DESDEMONA
A guiltless death I die...

EMILIA
Great God! Who did this deed?

DESDEMONA
Nobody... I myself...
Commend me to my lord...
A guiltless death I die...
Farewell...
(dies)

OTHELLO
O liar!
’Twas I that killed her.

EMILIA
Murderer!

OTHELLO
She was Cassio’s whore.
Ask Iago else.

EMILIA
Iago?

OTHELLO
Iago.

EMILIA
O dolt! And you believed him?

OTHELLO (about to strike Emilia)
Dare you deny it?

EMILIA
I fear you not.

OTHELLO (seizing her)
Take care!

EMILIAHo there! Help, ho! Help!(freeing herself she runs toward the door, crying out)Othello has killed Desdemona!

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