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The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

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Act II: Opening Scene excerpt: "Ohè! Ohè!"... "Ma non pigiatevi, fa caldo tan[to]"

Antonio Scotti (b), Tonio

Metropolitan Opera Chorus & Orchestra--

Phillippe Flon

January 30, 1903

[Snake; Glackens 46.]

At the beginning of Act II, the villagers gather for the evening's performance.

[original]

CHORUS
( from behind the scene )
Ohè! ( entering )
Presto! Presto affrettiamoci, compare!

TONIO
Avanti, avanti, avanti, avanti!

CHORUS
Che lo spettacolo de cominciar.

TONIO
Si dà principio!

CHORUS
Presto compari, ci affrettiam.
Dee lo spettacol cominciar.

TONIO
Si dà principio, avanti, avanti!

CHORUS
Veh, come, come corrono le bricconcelle!
Che correre mio Dio!
(Accomodatevi comari belle!)
per giunger tosto qua.

TONIO
Pigliate posto!

CHORUS
Cerchiamo posto!

TONIO
Pigliate posto!

CHORUS
Ben sul davanti.
Cerchiam di metterci ben sul davanti,
che lo spettacolo dee cominciare.

TONIO
Avanti!

CHORUS
Spicciatevi!

TONIO
Pigliate posto! su!

CHORUS
Via su spicciatevi, incominciate.
Perchè tardate mai? perchè tardate?
Siam tutti là! Siam tutti là!

TONIO
Avanti, avanti, avanti, avanti!

CHORUS ( variously )
Ma non pigiatevi, ma non pigiatevi,
fa caldo! fa caldo! Su! Su! Su! Su!
Su; Beppe, aiutaci!
Veh! s'accapigliano!
chiamano aiuto!
Su, su, v'e posto accanto!
Ma non pigiatevi, fa caldo tan[to!
Sedete, via, senza gridar.]

[translation]

CHORUS
( from behind the scene )
Hey there! ( entering )

TONIO
Move along, move along!

CHORUS
The show must be starting.

TONIO
We're about to start!

[Begin Page 45]

CHORUS
Hurry, let's hurry, neighbors!
The show must be starting.

TONIO
We're about to start! Move along!

CHORUS
See how the ladies run, the rascals!
Heavens, what a rush
(Be comfortable, pretty ladies!)
to get there early.

TONIO
Take your places!

CHORUS
We're looking for seats!

TONIO
Take you places!

CHORUS
Down front.
Let's try to sit down front.
for the show is starting.

TONIO
Move along!

CHORUS
Get going!

TONIO
Take your places!

CHORUS
Get going, let's begin.
Why the delay? Why the delay?
We're all here! We're all here!

TONIO
Move along, move along!

CHORUS ( variously )
Now don't push, now don't push,
it's hot! it's hot! Come on, come on!
Come on--Beppe, help us!
Look, they are fighting!
calling for help!
Come on, there's a seat right here!
Now don't push, it's very hot!
Sit down, there, without shouting.


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