Opera in four parts
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave after Victor Hugo's play
English translation by Antony Peattie
Part I: The Bandit
'To living . . . Let's drink!'
'My friends, I'm very grateful'
'Just as the gentle rain from Heav'n'
'We must save her . . .'
'In our exile, in our sorrow' -
'(Elvira I adore you)'
'Darkness has fallen, and Silva's not returned yet!'
'Ernani! Ernani, rescue me'
'All Spanish girls will envy you'
'How sweet of you to share with me'
'(I despise all that I'm offered)'
'I wish to see her directly'
Carlo, Giovanna, Elvira
'Since the day when first I saw you'
'Do not argue . . . You'll be mine . . .'
Carlo, Elvira, Ernani
'You're Ernani! At once I despise you'
Carlo, Ernani, Elvira
'How could this happen?'
'I've been cheated, for I believed her'
'My name has been dishonoured'
'As long as I can hold a sword'
Silva, Ernani, Carlo, Jago, Riccardo
'Look at how that good old soldier'
Carlo, Riccardo, Silva, Jago, Giovanna, Chorus, Ernani, Elvira
'Ah! Forgive me sire, I beg you'
Silva, Carlo, Elvira, Ernani, Riccardo, Giovanna, Ladies-in-waiting, Chorus
Part II: The Guest
'Let's enjoy this, and give in to pleasure'
'Jago, admit the pilgrim here directly'
Silva, Ernani, Elvira
'More gold than you could desire is yours'
Ernani, Elvira, Silva
'Within this fortress every guest'
'You've betrayed me'
Silva, Jago, Ernani
'No, my vengeance won't be hurried'
Silva, Elvira, Ernani
'Dear Cousin, why so defensive?'
'We'll discover, reckless gambler'
'We've gone all over the fortress'
Cavaliers, Carlo, Elvira, Silva
'Come with me and let me spoil you'
Carlo, Riccardo, Cavaliers, Giovanna, Ladies-in-waiting, Elvira, Silva
'Even if Heaven watches over you'
Silva, Ernani, Silva's men
'Bring your horses and fetch all your weapons'
Ernani, Silva, Silva's men
Part III: Mercy
'You're sure they'll meet here?'
'When I was young and trusting'
Conspirators, Ernani, Silva, Jago
'Let the Lion of Castile awaken'
'What is happening?'
Conspirators, Carlo, Riccardo, Ernani, Elvira
'Charlemagne inspire me'
Part IV: The Mask
'How happy together are both wife and husband'
'Now all is quiet'
Ernani, Elvira, Silva
'I've suffered, alone in misery'
Ernani, Silva, Elvira
Julian Gavin tenor - Ernani
Alan Opie baritone - Don Carlo
Peter Wedd tenor - Don Riccardo
Peter Rose bass - Don Ruy Gomez de Silva
Susan Patterson soprano - Elvira
Helen Williams soprano - Giovanna
Paul Hodges bass - Jago
Chorus of bandits, ladies-in-waiting, knights, retainers, conspirators, noblemen and noblewomen
12-16 July 2000