Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Hai già vinta la causa – Nozze di Figaro

You’ve already won the case! What’s this I hear!
What snare have I fallen into? Miscreants! I want to…
To punish you all...to please myself
the sentence will be...But if he should pay
the old pretender?
Pay her! In what manner! And then there’s Antonio,
Who refuses to give that unknown Figaro
his niece in marriage.
Cultivating the pride
of this idiot...
It’s all profitable for a scam... the deed is done.

Will I see, while I sigh,
one of my servants happy!
And the good that I desire in vain,
shall he have it?
Will the hand of love
Be united to a vile object
The same woman who awakened love in me
But did not have love for me?
Ah no, leave it alone,
I don’t want this happiness,
You were not born, audacious man,
to torment me,
or perhaps yet to laugh
At my unhappiness.
My only hope now
is my vendetta.
It consoles my spirit,
and makes me rejoice.

Simon Keenlyside sings the Count's aria from Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro.

Vienna, 2001. Conductor: Riccardo Muti.