By Burton D. Fisher
A complete new OPERA examine consultant AND LIBRETTO of Verdi’s A MASKED BALL (UN BALLO IN MASCHERA), that includes relevant Characters within the Opera; short tale Synopsis; tale Narrative with track spotlight Examples; a newly translated LIBRETTO with Italian and English translation side-by-side, with song spotlight Examples; and Burton D. Fisher's extensive and insightful remark and research.
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I belong to the man who would give his life for you. Gustavo: La mia vita, l’universo per un detto. Gustavus: I would give my life, the universe, for one word of love from you. Amelia: Ciel pietoso! Amelia: Heaven be merciful! Gustavo: Di’ che m’ami! Gustavus: Tell me that you love me! Amelia: Va, Gustavo! Amelia: Gustavus, please go! Opera Classics Library Series Page 58 Gustavo: Un sol detto! Gustavus: Just one word! Amelia: Ebben, sì, t’amo! Amelia: Very well, yes, I love you! Gustavo: M’ami, Amelia!
Both become horrified when they recognize that it is Anckarström approaching; he has come to protect his king and warn him of imminent danger to his life. Anckarström describes that he had been cloaked in disguise and spied on the conspirators; he is now privy to their fatal plans to assassinate the king. In the darkness, Anckarström does not recognize Amelia, now veiled. Anckarström persuades Gustavus to flee to safety; both exchange cloaks. Before departing, Gustavus makes Anckarström promise to escort the veiled lady back to the city and protect her anonymity; he must not raise her veil nor look at her face.
You can trust me. Listen, I speak as a friend. Be calm. The voices of the conspirators, Horn, Ribbing, and their followers are heard approaching. Cospiratori: Avventiamoci su lui che scoccata è l’ultim’ora. Il saluto dell’aurora pel cadavere sarà. Conspirators: Let’s jump on him. The clock has struck his last hour. His corpse will be greeted by the dawn. Amelia: Eccoli. Amelia: Here they are. Anckarström: Presto, appoggiatevi a me. Anckarström: Quickly, lean on me. Amelia: Morir mi sento! Amelia: I feel like I’m dying!
A Masked Ball (Opera Classics Library) by Burton D. Fisher