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The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

- Libretti
- Mancinelli: ERO E LEANDRO
- Band 9

Band 9

Act III: Cade una stella excerpt: "[io lo scerno] giā coll' acuitā"..."Splendi, [splendi!...]"

Johanna Gadski (s), Ero

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra--Luigi Mancinelli

March 4 or 14 (matinee), 1903

[Dating as above.]

In Act III, Ero is at her post in a tower, and she sees a vision of Leandro swimming to her across the Hellespont.

[original]

ERO

[Cade una stella!
E il mio Leandro che si getta in mare!
Ecco...io lo scerno] giā coll' acuitā
pupilla del pensier: al lido ei move.
O visīon! dalle amorose membra
con ambidue le man si tragge il manto
e al capo il si ravvolge e dalla sponda
si spinge in mezzo ai flutti. O quella stella
mi presagiva il ver. ( She looks at the water clock, takes the torch, and turns to the window. )
Consunta č l'ora.
Venga la face, ardo pur io con essa.
Splendi, splendi! erma facella,
all'occulto nuotator,
come faro, come stella,
sull'oceano dell'amor.
Splendi, splendi! e nelle amare
spume versi ambrosia il ciel,
e diventi dolci il mare
dove passa il mio fedel.
Splendi, [splendi!...]

[translation]

ERO

A star is falling!
'Tis my Leandro, who jumps into the sea!
There he is...I see him already with the sharp
inner eye of thought: to the shore he moves.
O vision! From amorous limbs
with both his hands he removes his mantle,
and wraps it round his head, and from the shore
throws himself amid the waves. Oh, that star
foretold me the truth. ( She looks at the water clock, takes the torch, and turns to the window. )
'Tis now the hour.
Come, torch, to light him; my soul, too, is burning.
Shine, shine! hermic lantern,
to the mysterious swimmer,
like a beacon, like a star,
over the ocean of love.
Shine, shine! while over the hateful
foam the heavens pour ambrosia
and the sea becomes calm
over which my faithful one passes.
Shine, shine!...


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