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The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

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- Meyerbeer: LES HUGUENOTS
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Act III: Wedding Chorus: "[un captif orgeuilleux] de ses fers! Au banquet que le ciel leur apprête" ... to end of act

Suzanne Adams (s), Marguerite De Valois

Camille Seygard (ms), Urbain

Antonio Scotti (b), Nevers

Marcel Journet (bs), St. Bris

Metropolitan Opera Chorus & Orchestra--

Phillippe Flon

January 29, 1902

[Snake, dated "Wednesday, January 29"; the only Huguenots on January 29 during the Mapleson years was in 1902.]

Raoul's and Marcel's efforts to fight off the Catholic ambush have brought about a street battle, quelled only by the arrival of the Queen. A richly decorated barge appears, bearing Nevers in search of his new bride, and the end of the act brings an apparent reconciliation of the warring factions.

We have been unable to arrive at a satisfactory libretto for this selection; neither the original French text nor either of two Italian translations (those of the Boosey Royal Edition vocal score, reprinted by Kalmus, and the Ricordi libretto) corresponds convincingly to what is heard on the recording. (Since the tenor of the performance was De Marchi, it was presumably sung in Italian--that is to say, even the soloists sang in Italian.) One explanation may be that principals and chorus are singing different translations, thereby confusing the aural picture. We give the Ricordi Italian version below, as that is certainly the translation the Met chorus is singing in the next band, from the same season (although in Bands 6-8 below, from the previous season. De Reszke and Nordica sing the translation from the Royal Edition). Two internal cuts are made in the chorus: in the Royal Edition, from the last measure of the first system on p. 345 to the last measure of p. 355, and from the second measure of p. 359 to the first measure of p. 366; in the French vocal score, last measure of the first system on p. 303 to the last measure of p. 312, and fourth measure of p. 315 to fourth measure on page 321.

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[original]

NEVERS

[...che felice ed orgoglioso
di tal nodo og]nor sarà.

MARGUERITE, URBAIN, ST. BRIS, CHORUS
Al convito che Imene t'appresta
spiri solo il piacere l'amor!
La delizia sarai della festa,
la speranza sarai d'ogni cor.
La delizia sarai della festa,
la speranza sarai d'ogni cor.
Fra le danze giulive ed i canti
s'incateni di rose il tuo crin:
ed ognor pei due teneri amanti
sa costante e propizio il destin.
Viva, viva, viva la più bella!
Viva, viva, viva la più bella!
Al convito, ecc.
Fra le danze, ecc.

[translation]

NEVERS

...who happy and proud
of his chains will be.

MARGUERITE, URBAIN, ST. BRIS, CHORUS
At the feast that Hymen prepares for you.
breathe only pleasure and love!
You will be the delight of the feast,
the hope of every heart.
You will be the delight of the feast,
the hope of every heart.
Among the joyous dances and the songs,
your brow is enchained with roses:
and always, for two tender lovers,
fate will be constant and favorable.
Hail, hail, hail to the fairest!
Hail, hail, hail to the fairest!
At the feast, etc.
Among the joyous dances, etc.


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