Night at the Opera, Details

ASSABET VALLEY MASTERSINGERS

presents
NIGHT AT THE OPERA
MAY 7, 2005 AT 8:00 PM
ST. MARK’S SCHOOL, SOUTHBOROUGH

PROGRAM

Gounod – ROMEO & JULIET

Chorus – The Capulets’ Ball

“L’heure s’envole joyeuse et folle…”

(The hour’s on the wing, joyous and mad,…Let’s gather the rosebuds…)

Many masked guests celebrate the young Juliet’s birthday in the glittering ballroom. Romeo and his friends are uninvited participants.

Puccini – TOSCA

Chorus – “Sale, ascende…”

(Soaring, the mortal song ascends, spanning space, crossing the skies…joining with the songs of angels may this hymn now rise to Thee…)

Soprano – “Vissi d’arte…”

(I have lived for art, I have lived for love, I have never harmed a living soul!…In the hour of trouble, why Oh Lord, why dost Thou reward me thus?)

Tenor – “E lucevan le stelle…”

(And the stars used to shine there…the earth sweetly smelling…Oh! Soft sweet kisses…never have I loved life so much!)

Verdi – OTELLO

Chorus – “Fuoco di gioia…”

(Fire of rejoicing, the leaping blaze puts the night to flight…It flares, sparkles, crackles, blazes…It glitters, grows dim…the last spark flickers and dies.)

Chorus and Tenor – Brindisi (Drinking Song)

“Inaffia l’ugola! Trinca, tracanna!…beve con me…”

(Come wet your whistle! Drink hard, drink deep!…drink with me…)

Donizetti – DON PASQUALE

Chorus – “Che interminabile andirivieni!”

(What endless coming and going! Ding, ding here…Dong, dong there…Never a moment’s peace…a row after dinner…Money’s no object, there’s money to burn!)

Donizetti – LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR

Chorus of Wedding Guests and Tenor – “Per te d’immenso giubilo…”

(Full of great joy for you all gather here together…)

Bizet – THE PEARL FISHERS

Tenor and Baritone – “Au fond du temple saint…”

(Deep within the sacred temple adorned with flowers of gold a woman appears) –the beautiful priestess Leila beloved by each of the two fisherman friends.

Verdi – AIDA

Chorus – Triumphal March: “Gloria all’Egitto, ad Iside…”

(Glory to Egypt and to Isis…joyful hymns we sing…glory to the hero.) Huge crowds sing to honor the victorious hero Radames and the parade of trumpeters, troops, chariots, flags, statues of gods, chests of treasure, and dancing girls.

LA TRAVIATA

Chorus, Soprano, and Tenor – “Libiamo…”

(Let us drink from the mirth-giving cup which beauty adorns…more ardent love’s kisses will be…Wine, laughter, and song enhance the night.)

Puccini – MADAMA BUTTERFLY

Soprano – “Un bel di…”

(One fine day we shall see a thread of smoke…the ship will appear…I with unshakeable faith will await him.)

Chorus of Women – Humming Chorus

Puccini – LA BOHEME

Tenor – “Che gelida manina…”

(How cold your little hand is!…Who am I? I’m a poet…In my happy poverty I squander like a prince my poems and songs of love…)

Soprano and Tenor – “O soave fanciulla…”

(Oh! Lovely girl!…I see you in the dream I’d dream forever!…Ah! Love, you rule alone!…)

Beethoven – FIDELIO

Chorus of Men – Prisoners’ Chorus, “O welche Lust…”

(Oh, what joy to be in the open air…Oh, freedom!…Keep your voices down!…There are ears and eyes upon us…)

Dvorak – RUSALKA

Chorus of Women – Wood Sprite Dance: “Hou, hou, hou…”

(Ho, ho, ho…The moon hangs above the lake…where a Water Goblin shakes his old green head…Which of us will make the water foam,…take the place of Grandma Water Goblin?)

Soprano – Song to the Moon “Mesicku na nebi hlubokem…”

(O moon in the velvet heavens…tell me where my beloved is!…Tell him of the one who awaits him…O moon do not fade away!)

Leoncavallo – PAGLIACCI

Chorus – Bell Chorus “Andiam, andiam. Din, don, suona vespero…”

(Let’s go, let’s go!…Ring bells! It is vespers calling…)

Verdi – NABUCCO

Chorus – Hebrew Slaves: “Va, pensiero…”

(My thoughts fly to thee, dear homeland…where the sweet-scented breezes are blending…O dear land , once the joy of our nation…)