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Pia de' Tolomei



Pia de' Tolomei

Gaetano Donizetti

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With an all-star cast under the expert direction of David Parry, this studio recording is an essential purchase for all opera lovers. Composed for Venice in 1836, Pia de’ Tolomei should have had... read more

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Song title Time Format Price
playstop01 Pia de' Tolomei: Prelude00:53
playstop02 Pia de' Tolomei: Part I scena I: scena: Ancor del fosco notturno velo - scena II: Di', quel messaggio 02:57
playstop03 Pia de' Tolomei: Part I scena III: Cavatina: Signor, giungi opportuno 03:17
playstop04 Pia de' Tolomei: Part I scena III: Cavatina: Non puo dirti la parola - scena IV: Ebben? 04:04
playstop05 Pia de' Tolomei: Part I scena IV: Cavaletta: Mi volesti sventurato? - scena V: Surce la Pia? 02:55
playstop06 Pia de' Tolomei: Part I scena VI: Qui posa il fianco 02:52
playstop07 Pia de' Tolomei: Part I scena VI: scena: A voi son grata 01:57
playstop08 Pia de' Tolomei: Part I scena VI: Cavatina: O tu che desti il fulmine 04:02
playstop09 Pia de' Tolomei: Part I scena VII: scena: Pia? Lamberto? 01:59
playstop10 Pia de' Tolomei: Part I scena VII: Cabaletta: Di pura gioja in estasi 02:54
playstop11 Pia de' Tolomei: Part I scena VIII: scena: Giurai svenarlo - scena IX: Nello? 06:22
playstop12 Pia de' Tolomei: Part I scena IX: Duet: Parea celeste spirito 04:16
playstop13 Pia de' Tolomei: Part I scena IX: Cabaletta: Del ciel che non punisce 02:19
playstop14 Pia de' Tolomei: Part I scena X: scena: In questa de' viventi orrida tomba 03:20
playstop15 Pia de' Tolomei: Part I scena X: Cavatina: Mille volte sul campo d'onor - scena XI: Omai l'istante e presso 04:57
playstop16 Pia de' Tolomei: Part I scena XI: Cabaletta: L'astro che regge i miei destini 03:27
playstop17 Pia de' Tolomei: Part I scena XII: Dell'inatteso tuo venir la nouva - scena XIII: Pia? Signor? 05:17
playstop18 Pia de' Tolomei: Part I scena XIII: Trio: Ogni squardo, ogni accento 03:17
playstop19 Pia de' Tolomei: Part I scena XIV: scena: Ah! signora? - scena XV: Pia? 02:01
playstop20 Pia de' Tolomei: Part I scena XV: Duet: Fra queste braccia 04:08
playstop21 Pia de' Tolomei: Part I scena XVI: scena: L'uscio dischiudi - scena XVII: Ch'io sveni entrambi? - scena XVIII: Fuggi quel vil!? 01:34
playstop22 Pia de' Tolomei: Part I scena XVIII: Stretta: Ah! quell'ira bollente per poco raffrena? 02:28
playstop23 Pia de' Tolomei: Part II scena I: Cinto di rosse nubi 04:25
playstop24 Pia de' Tolomei: Part II scena I: Ahi! si barbara minaccia - scena II: Signor ? 03:05
playstop25 Pia de' Tolomei: Part II scena II: Cabaletta: A me stesso un Dio mi rende? 02:59
playstop26 Pia de' Tolomei: Part II scena III: Tu Ghino alle Maremme! - scena IV: Chi veggio! 05:37
playstop27 Pia de' Tolomei: Part II scena IV: Per sempre dai viventi 05:47
playstop28 Pia de' Tolomei: Part II scena IV: Cabaletta: Puo la mia fiamma spegnersi 03:27
playstop29 Pia de' Tolomei: Part II scena V: scena: Divampera tremenda oggi la guerra 01:21
playstop30 Pia de' Tolomei: Part II scena VI: Il mugghiar di si fera procella 02:02
playstop31 Pia de' Tolomei: Part II scena VI: Divo spirto, il cui sguardo penetra 02:53
playstop32 Pia de' Tolomei: Part II scena VI: Un calpesito di rapidi cavalli - scena VII: O Piero? Io non traveggo! Nello! Sconfitte dal nemico brando 03:09
playstop33 Pia de' Tolomei: Part II scena VII: Aria: Lei perduta, in core ascondo Velenoso un dardo acuto? 02:27
playstop34 Pia de' Tolomei: Part II scena VII: scena: Fragor di spade! - scena VIII: Oh, ciel! 04:08
playstop35 Pia de' Tolomei: Part II scena VIII: Cabaletta: Ciel pietoso, un cor ti parla 02:38
playstop36 Pia de' Tolomei: Part II scena IX: A questo nappo bevera tra poco 03:28
playstop37 Pia de' Tolomei: Part II scena IX: scena: Eterno Dio! Respiro? 03:58
playstop38 Pia de' Tolomei: Part II scena IX: Aria: Sposo, ah! tronca ogni dimora? - scena X: Pia? 06:59
playstop39 Pia de' Tolomei: Part II Cabaletta: Ah! Di Pia? che muore? e geme? 06:11
playstop40 Pia de' Tolomei: Part I scena XII: Dell'inatteso tuo venir la nouva - scena XIII: Pia? Signor? 05:19
playstop41 Pia de' Tolomei: Part I scena XIII: Trio: Ogni sguardo, ogni accento 03:17
playstop42 Pia de' Tolomei: Part I scena XIV: scena: Ah! signora? - scena XV: Pia? 02:01
playstop43 Pia de' Tolomei: Part I scena XV: Duet: Fra queste braccia 04:19
playstop44 Pia de' Tolomei: Part I scena XVI: scena: L'uscio dischiudi - scena XVII: Ch'io sveni entrambi? - scena XVIII: Fuggi quel vil!? 01:34
playstop45 Pia de' Tolomei: Part I scena XVIII: Stretta: Ah! quell'ira bollente per poco raffrena? Ah! m'odi? raffrena quell'odio feroce 02:56
playstop46 Pia de' Tolomei: Part II scena X: scena: Di Ghino il cenno udiste? 03:11
playstop47 Pia de' Tolomei: Part II scena XI: scena: Tutto e silenzio! - scena XII: Ah, signora? - scena XIII: Pia? 03:45
playstop48 Pia de' Tolomei: Part II scena XIII: Duet: Fra queste braccia 04:08
playstop49 Pia de' Tolomei: Part II scena XIV: scena: L'uscio dischiudi, o perfida! - scena XV: Ch'io sveni - scena XVI: Fuggi quel vil!? 01:45
playstop50 Pia de' Tolomei: Part II scena XVI: Quartet: Ah! come congiungere il cielo potea - scena XVII: Quel codardo ne deluse!? 04:35
playstop51 Pia de' Tolomei: Part II scena XVII: Stretta: L'empia cingete d'aspre ritorte 02:33
playstop52 Pia de' Tolomei: Part I: Duet: Parea celeste spirito 04:16
playstop53 Pia de' Tolomei: Part I: Del ciel che non punisce 02:28
playstop54 Pia de' Tolomei: Part I scena XIV: L'uscio dischiudi - scena XV: Ch'io sveni entrambi? - scena XVI: Fuggi quel vil!? 01:45
playstop55 Pia de' Tolomei: Part I scena XVI: Ahime, quell'anelito il core mi gela 04:45
playstop56 Pia de' Tolomei: Part II: Sciolta e la tregua 03:38
playstop57 Pia de' Tolomei: Part III scena I: A questo nappo bevera tra poco 03:28
playstop58 Pia de' Tolomei: Part III scena I: Eterno Dio! Respiro? 02:51
playstop59 Pia de' Tolomei: Part III scena I: Aria: Sposo, ah! tronca ogni dimora? - scena II: Sposa mia! 05:29
playstop60 Pia de' Tolomei: Part III scena II: Rondo: No: l'immenso mio contento non s'esprime con l'accento 03:47

With an all-star cast under the expert direction of David Parry, this studio recording is an essential purchase for all opera lovers. Composed for Venice in 1836, Pia de’ Tolomei should have had its first performance at the Teatro la Fenice but the famous theatre was destroyed by fire before the end of the year. Eventually the opera was given at the Teatro Apollo on 18 February 1837. The plot rises to the same melodramatic heights as Donizetti’s well-known Lucia di Lammermoor. The composer, as we have seen many times before, ensures that his heroines suffer to the most sublime music. And, like Lucia, Pia is a woman caught in circumstances that eventually bring her story to a tragic end. Or do they? When Pia de’ Tolomei was given in Naples the strict rules of censorship forced Donizetti to revise the ending – death was not allowed on the stage. In their customary fashion Opera Rara gives you the opportunity to hear both endings. In fact, all of the music Donizetti wrote for subsequent productions is included in this comprehensive recording.

Booklet includes complete libretto with English translation.

'Brave to Opera Rara' - Christopher Cook, BBC Music Magazine

'This recording is a very welcome addition to Opera Rara's unrivalled list of well recorded and performed Donizetti operas. Highly recommended to all lovers of Donizetti's works and the bel canto period' - Robert J Farr, MusicWeb International

Roberto Servile (Nello della Pietro), Majella Cullagh (Pia de’ Tolomei), Manuela Custer (Rodrigo de’ Tolomei), Bruce Ford (Ghino degli Armieri), Mirco Palazzi (Piero), Patrizia Biccirè (Bice), Marco Vinco (Lamberto), Mark Wilde (Ubaldo), Christopher Turner (Keeper of the Tower of Siena), London Philharmonic Orchestra, David Parry – conductor

ACT ONE.

Scene 1.   It is the year 1260, during the struggles between Guelf Florence and Ghibelline Siena.  We are in a castle belonging to the Tolomei family, well outside Siena, where the Ghibelline Nello della Pietra has sent his Guelf-born wife Pia de’ Tolomei for her safety.  Members of the household are curious, since a messenger has arrived in the early hours before the dawn.  They imagine he has come from the Ghibelline camp, bringing news from Nello for Pia, but Ubaldo, Nello’s servant, informs them that the stranger’s arrival must be kept secret even from their mistress – his presence may be revealed only to Ghino degli Armieri, Nello’s cousin.

In fact the messenger has brought an intercepted letter, in which an unidentified correspondent informs Pia that in ‘the absence of your hated husband’ he will join her and embrace her this coming night.  Ghino, who is himself guilty of trying to seduce her, but who has been sternly rejected, understandably leaps to the conclusion that she is about to receive a visit from a secret lover.   His jealousy and resentment are aggravated when Bice, Pia’s waiting woman, informs him that her mistress refuses to see him.  His illicit passion rapidly turns into a desire for revenge, and, with the intention that the rendez-vous should go ahead and that Pia should be surprised in flagrante, he orders Ubaldo to allow the letter to be delivered.  He declares his intention of returning to the camp to inform Nello of the shame that he believes Pia has brought upon him.

Scene 2.  Pia’s handmaidens are enjoying the freshness of the dawn, but Pia herself is despondent and anxious: she knows that a battle threatens between the Florentines and the Sienese, and she is torn in her allegiances since her husband fights for Siena and her brother Rodrigo for Florence.  Her elderly retainer Lamberto brings her a letter – the same letter we have already encountered in the first scene – handed to him by an unknown man in the park.  As she opens it she is overcome with relief and joy, for, although she does not yet reveal the fact, it comes from Rodrigo.

Scene 3.  In the Ghibelline camp Nello ruminates on the fate that he believes hangs over Rodrigo.  Captured by the Sienese, he is due to be executed the following morning.

These thoughts are interrupted by Ghino, who comes to report Pia’s supposed infidelity.  Outraged, Nello determines upon revenge, while Ghino, all too conscious of his own dishonourable motives and actions, realises that he has ventured too far to entertain any thought of repentance and retraction of his accusations.

Scene 4.  Rodrigo, confined in a dungeon, laments the dangers to which Pia would be exposed if he were to be executed.  One of his gaolers, who has in fact been bribed by Pia, brings him word that when the guard is next changed, he will be given an opportunity to escape.  At the appropriate moment he is presented with helmet, sword and mantle, and is duly led to freedom.

Scene 5.  Nello and Ghino arrive at the Tolomei castle, and are admitted to Pia’s apartments.  Ghino orders their followers to conceal themselves in the park: they are to allow a stranger to enter the castle unimpeded, but are to prevent all attempt at egress.

There is a constrained meeting between Nello and Pia, the former secretly seething because he believes his wife faithless, the latter alarmed since she is awaiting the arrival of Rodrigo.  Nello and Ghino tell her that they are paying only the most cursory visit, and pretend to take their leave.  No sooner have they withdrawn than Rodrigo appears.  Pia is terrified lest he be discovered, but Lamberto reveals the existence of a secret passageway that will allow him to escape from the castle.  As Nello and Ghino return to break down the now-locked door, Rodrigo is whisked away, Pia helping to conceal his flight by overturning the only lit candle in the apartment.  Nello reviles her and threatens her with bloody punishment.

ACT TWO.

Scene 1.  Lamberto comes to the Florentine camp to tell Rodrigo that Nello has incarcerated Pia in a castle in the stagnant marshlands of the Maremma, with the intention that she should succumb to malarial fevers. 

They are surprised by alarums.  The encampment is being assailed by the Ghibellines, and Rodrigo races to battle, with the determination of then proceeding to Pia’s rescue.

Scene 2.  Ghino arrives at the castle in the Maremma.  He still lusts after Pia, and still hopes to save her if only she will yield to his advances.  But she again rejects him, and when she reveals that her nocturnal visitor was no lover but in fact her brother, he is horrified to realise the monstrosity of his misconstruction of events.  Veering from one extreme attitude to another, he determines to inform Nello of the truth and then to commit suicide.  Pia urges him to live and repent.

Ubaldo, after Ghino’s departure, receives a letter from Nello, ordering him – unless this command is revoked before dawn – to put Pia to death.

Scene 3.  A hermitage where Piero, the chief solitary, and his companions are witnesses of a tremendous storm.  As winds and rain reach their height, Nello and his followers come seeking shelter.  Piero, who has heard of the vengeance that Nello is wreaking upon Pia, assures him of his wife’s innocence, but Nello, convinced of her guilt, remains unmoved.

A clash of swords is heard.  Ghino has been set upon by a band of Guelfs, and enters mortally wounded.  He asserts Pia’s innocence – reveals that her nocturnal visitor was her brother – and confesses his own illicit love for her.   Nello is with difficulty restrained from killing him, but the hand of death is in any case upon him. He dies, begging for – but not granted – forgiveness.

Nello is seized with alarm and dismay as he realises how slender are his chances of reaching the castle in the Maremma before the coming of the dawn.

Scene 4.  Pia’s prison, where Ubaldo prepares a cup of poison in anticipation of the dawn.  Pia is already burning with fever, and awakes terrified from a nightmare in which she imagined she saw Nello slain by Rodrigo.  Seeking to assuage her fever she drinks from the poisoned cup.  She hopes that Ghino may by now have told Nello of her innocence, and that Nello will hasten to rescue her from the death that inevitably faces her if she remains here amid the infected Maremma airs.

Nello arrives.  He is relieved to find Pia still alive, but as she begins to falter the truth becomes only too apparent.  Rodrigo and his Guelf followers also burst in, and Rodrigo is all for slaying Nello when he hears that Pia is poisoned.  Pia, however, justifies her husband, explaining that he was deceived by appearances.  She succeeds in reconciling husband and brother before she dies.

 

 

 


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