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The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

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Act III: Jewel Song excerpt : "Est-ce toi, Marguerite?" ... to end of aria; and encore fragment: "Est-ce toi, Marguerite?" ... "Il me [trouverait belle!]"

Emma Calvé (s), Marguerite

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra -- Armando

Seppilli

February 15, 1902

[Slip; Glackens 30.]

Calvé's recording starts during the reprise of the aria's opening section and continues to the end. She then sings an encore, which Mapleson picks up at the same point in the aria where he began the cylinder. He runs out of recording time before Calvé reaches the end of the encore.

[original]

MARGUERITE

Est-ce toi, Marguerite?
est-ce toi?
Réponds-moi, réponds-moi,
réponds, réponds, réponds vite!
Ah! s'il était ici!
S'il me voyait ainsi!
Comme une demoiselle
il me trouverait belle!
Ah! comme une demoiselle
il me trouverait belle!
Comme une demoiselle
il me [ ← encore ends ] trouverait belle!
Marguerite, ce n'est plus toi,
ce n'est plus ton visage!
Non! c'est la fille d'un roi,
qu'on salue au passage!

[translation]

MARGUERITE

Is it truly Marguerite, then?
Is it you?
Tell me true, tell me true,
tell me, tell me, tell me true!
Ah! could he see me now,
here, decked like this, I vow,
he surely would mistake me,
and for a noble lady take me!
Ah! he surely would mistake me,
and for a noble lady take me!
He surely would mistake me,
and for a noble lady take me!
Marguerite, this is not you,
that bright face there reflected
must belong to a queen,
whom I greet as I pass her!

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