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Comparire il ciel m'ha stretto - Cabaletta for "Speme al vecchio ora una figlia"
from Act II of the Italian opera Giovanna d'Arco by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Temistocle Solera

Role: Giacomo, a shepherd
Voice Part: baritone       Fach: dramatic baritone
Setting: The main square in front of the Cathedral of St. Denis in Rheims, France, 1429
Synopsis: Carlo has declared to the crowd in front of the cathedral of St. Denis that another cathedral should be raised up in honor of Giovanna who has saved all of France. Suddenly, Giacomo bursts out of the crowd yelling "Blasphemy!" He goes on to denounce her, singing that he saw her in the forest when she gave herself over to Satan and King Carlo and God has declared that she should be punished for her evil actions. As he finishes up his accusations, he asks the crowd furiously if they will raise a cathedral to her now.
Range: Tessitura:
C3 - F4E3 - E4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Robert Glaubitz (added 1997-04-17)
Comparire il ciel m'ha stretto, Giacomo's aria from Giovanna d'Arco

Comparire il ciel m'ha stretto
Qui del popolo al cospetto;
Cor di padre e bianca testa
Daran fede a' detti miei.
Ben consci la foresta
Ove apparve a te costeilà,
Sua fede rinnegata,
Questa figlia sciagurata,
A superbia aprendo il seno
Per iniquo amor terreno,
Sè dannando a eterno scempio
Ah coi demoni patteggiò.
Re tradito, or leva un tempio...
Che mai narrò.
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