|Simon Boccanegra Synopsis|
|Simon Boccanegra Libretto|
|Jacopo Fiesco / Simon Boccanegra|
|Bass / Baritone|
|Previous scene:||Come un fantasima|
|Next scene:||Chi veggo|
Why do we people need to reach extremities to conciliate with the past and forgive? In Verdi´s Simon Boccanegra it was all about power. In ordinary people lives is about what? Or about what kind of power specifically?
"Piango perchè mi parla..." is the duet (actually the final quartet of the 3rd and last act) between Fiesco and dying Simone where the old fools at last forgive each other, realized that they spent their entire life hating each other, looking for power and regretting for the beloved lost persons. Then, they weep like children. And we, opera lovers we love this scene, carried away by the music and the vocal lines, often forgetting what was the whole thing about.
S. Boccanegra takes place in Genoa, but I chose venetian paintings for the video since they seemed more theatrical.
Tito Gobbi is Simone (or Simòn, or Simon- I never quite understood which the right Italian spelling is) and Boris Christoff is Fiesco. Stage and vocal sovereigns. Gabriele Santini conducts the Orchestra del Teatro dell' Opera di Roma. Victoria de los Angeles was their Amelia. It was in 1958 for EMI (dear company give me a break and do not delete my video).
Piango, perché mi parla
In te del ciel la voce;
Sento rampogna atroce
Fin nella tua pietà.
Vien, ch'io ti stringa al petto,
O padre di Maria;
Balsamo all'alma mia
Il tuo perdon sarà.
Ahimè! morte sovrasta... un traditore
Il velen t'apprestò.
Il sento, a me d'eternità...
Taci, non dirle...
Anco una volta benedirla voglio.