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				   Table of Contents      Mozart: IL FLAUTO MAGICO (Die Zauberflöte)

The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

- Libretti
- Donizetti: LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
- Band 7

Band 7

Act III, Scene 1: Mad Scene cabaletta excerpt : "[Spargi d'amaro] pianto" ... to end of scene

Nellie Melba (s), Lucia

Metropolitan Opera Chorus & Orchestra--Luigi

Mancinelli

March 2, 1901

[Snake: on container, Mapleson notation: "Mad scene slow," evidently referring to the very slow recording speed, not the tempo; Glackens 88.]

[These two cylinders cover the same ground, the cabaletta of Lucia's "Mad Scene"--a passage Melba did not record commercially. We have placed first the slightly clearer concert version, without chorus; this begins with the orchestral introduction. The second comes from the same staged performance of Lucia as the preceding duet, and begins right with Melba's first line. Curiously, although this passage is written out twice in the score--and, even on early recordings, is almost invariably sung twice, the second time with embellishments--it appears that Melba sang it only once through at these performances, and with hardly any embellishments (there is one quite spectacular flourish just before the coda). In both tracks, applause is clearly heard at the end.]

Led to believe that Edgardo is unfaithful, Lucia has agreed to a politically advantageous marriage, but when Edgardo breaks into the wedding festivities and denounces her, she loses her reason. On her wedding night, the demented girl has murdered her husband, and appears in the great hall of the castle, horrifying the wedding guests with her appearance and her hallucinations. This is the last part of Lucia's scena.

[original]

LUCIA

Spargi d'amaro pianto
il mio terrestre velo,
mentre lassù nel cielo
io pregherò, pregherò per te.
Al giunger tuo soltanto
fia bello il ciel per me!
Ah sì, ah sì, ah sì, per me,
fia bello il ciel, il ciel per me!
Ah sì, ah sì, ah sì, per me,
sì, per me, per me, per me, per me! Ah sì!
Ah sì, ah sì, per me, ah sì, ah sì!

CHORUS (in Band 7 only)
No, no, non è,
no, no, non è,
no, non è!

[translation]

LUCIA

Spread bitter tears
over my earthly remains,
while up there in heaven
I will pray, will pray for you.
Not until you join me
will heaven be beautiful for me!
Ah, yes, ah yes, ah yes, for me,
will heaven be beautiful for me!
Ah yes, ah yes, ah yes, for me,
yes, for me, for me, for me, for me! Ah yes!
Ah yes, ah yes, for me, ah yes, ah yes!

CHORUS (in Band 7 only)
No, no, it is not [possible
to restrain our tears!]


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