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The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

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Band 5

Act I, Scene 1: "Su! del Nilo al sacro lido" ... "Ritorna vincitor!" (ending just before aria)

Johanna Gadski (s), Aida

Louise Homer (a), Amneris

Emilio De Marchi (t), Radamès

Roberto Vanni (t), Messenger

Marcel Journet (bs), Ramfis

Adolph Mühlmann (b), King

Metropolitan Opera Chorus & Orchestra--

Luigi Mancinelli

January 31, 1903

[Mapleson notation on container: "Ritorna vincitor, No. 2, Jan. 31, 1903"; same notation on slip; Glackens 8. The "No. 2" suggests that there was a cylinder, now lost, of the preceding passage.]

Egypt has been invaded by the Ethiopians. Radamès is named to command the army. As the King and the high priest Ramfis exhort the populace, the other characters express their private emotions: both the princess Amneris and her slave Aida (in reality an Ethiopian princess) are in love with Radamès.

[original] Simultaneous singing begins

CHORUS
Su! del Nilo ai sacro lido
sien barriera i nostri petti;
non echeggi che un sol grido:
guerra, guerra e morte allo stranier!

RAMFIS
...ognun rammenti
che in poter dei Numi, de' Numi solo
stan le sorti del guerrier.

KING
Su, su! del Nilo al sacro lido
accorrete, Egizii eroi.
Da ogni cor prorompa un grido:
guerra e morte allo stranier! Simultaneous singing endsSimultaneous singing begins

AIDA (aside)
Per chi piango? per chi piango?
per chi prego?
qual poter m'avvince a lui!
Deggio amarlo ed è custui
un nemico, uno stranier!

RADAMÈS
Sacro fremito di gloria
tutta l'anima m'investe.
Su, corriamo alla vittoria!
guerra, guerra e morte allo stranier! Simultaneous singing ends

AMNERIS
Di mia man ricevi, o duce,
il vessillo glorioso;
ti sia guida, ti sia luce
della gloria sul sentier!

CHORUS
Su! del Nilo al sacro lido
sien barriera i nostri petti;
non echeggi che un sol grido:
guerra, guerra e morte allo stranier! (During this choral strain, the principals, and the priests, with Ramfis, repeat their earlier material.)

ALL except Aida
Guerra! guerra! guerra! guerra! guerra!
guerra! guerra! sterminio!
sterminio all'invasor!
guerra! guerra! guerra! guerra! ecc.

AMNERIS
Ritorna vincitor!

ALL except Radamès
Ritorna vincitor!

[translation] Simultaneous singing begins

CHORUS
Onward! For the Nile's sacred shore
let our own breasts be the shield;
let there sound but a single cry:
war, war and death to the foreign invader!

RAMFIS
...Let all remember
that in the hands of the Gods alone
rest the fates of our soldiers.

KING
Arise, arise! To the Nile's sacred shore
go forth, Egyptian heroes.
From every heart there breaks a cry:
war and death to the foreign invader! Simultaneous singing endsSimultaneous singing begins

AIDA (aside)
For whom shall I weep? For whom shall I weep?
For whom shall I pray?
What power ties me to him?
I must love him, and yet he is
an enemy, a foreigner.

RADAMÈS
A holy tremor of glory
fills all my soul.
Arise, let us hasten to victory!
War, war and death to the foreign invader! Simultaneous singing ends

AMNERIS
From my hand, o leader, receive
the glorious banner;
let it be your guide and light
on the path of victory!

CHORUS
Onward! For the Nile's sacred shore
let our own breasts be the shield;
let there sound but a single cry:
war, war and death to the foreign invader! (During this choral strain, the principals, and the priests, with Ramfis, repeat their earlier material.)

ALL except Aida
War! war! war! war! war!
War! war! destruction!
Destruction to the invader!
War! war! war! war! etc.

AMNERIS
Return victorious!

ALL except Radamès
Return victorious!


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