Opera -Ernani

 GIUSEPPE VERDI (1813-1901)
   
 Ernani 132:00  
  Opera in four parts  
  Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave after Victor Hugo's play Hernani  
  English translation by Antony Peattie  
   
  Part I: The Bandit  
1 Prelude 3:12
2 'To living . . . Let's drink!' 3:33
  Bandits  
3 'My friends, I'm very grateful' 1:07
4 'Just as the gentle rain from Heav'n' 2:41
  Ernani  
5 'We must save her . . .' 0:51
  Ernani, Bandits  
6 'In our exile, in our sorrow' - 3:30
  '(Elvira I adore you)'  
  Ernani  
7 'Darkness has fallen, and Silva's not returned yet!' 2:15
8 'Ernani! Ernani, rescue me' 2:26
  Elvira  
9 'All Spanish girls will envy you' 1:20
  Ladies-in-waiting  
10 'How sweet of you to share with me' 0:12
  Elvira  
11 '(I despise all that I'm offered)' 3:15
  Elvira, Ladies-in-waiting  
12 'I wish to see her directly' 3:07
  Carlo, Giovanna, Elvira  
13 'Since the day when first I saw you' 3:59
  Carlo, Elvira  
14 'Do not argue . . . You'll be mine . . .' 0:41
  Carlo, Elvira, Ernani  
15 'You're Ernani! At once I despise you' 3:02
  Carlo, Ernani, Elvira  
16 'How could this happen?' 0:57
17 'I've been cheated, for I believed her' 2:47
18 'My name has been dishonoured' 0:25
  Silva  
19 'As long as I can hold a sword' 3:06
  Silva, Knights  
20 'Outside, now!' 1:24
  Silva, Ernani, Carlo, Jago, Riccardo  
21 'Look at how that good old soldier' 3:28
  Carlo, Riccardo, Silva, Jago, Giovanna, Chorus, Ernani, Elvira  
22 'Ah! Forgive me sire, I beg you' 3:48
  Silva, Carlo, Elvira, Ernani, Riccardo, Giovanna, Ladies-in-waiting, Chorus  
   
  Part II: The Guest  
23 'Let's enjoy this, and give in to pleasure' 2:44
  Silva's courtiers  
24 'Jago, admit the pilgrim here directly' 2:19
  Silva, Ernani, Elvira  
25 'More gold than you could desire is yours' 2:32
  Ernani, Elvira, Silva  
26 'Within this fortress every guest' 0:25
  Silva  
27 'Such treachery!' 4:33
  Ernani, Elvira  
28 'You've betrayed me' 0:58
  Silva, Jago, Ernani  
29 'No, my vengeance won't be hurried' 2:02
  Silva, Elvira, Ernani  
30 'Dear Cousin, why so defensive?' 3:19
  Carlo, Silva  
31 'We'll discover, reckless gambler' 2:37
  Carlo, Silva  
32 'We've gone all over the fortress' 2:55
  Cavaliers, Carlo, Elvira, Silva  
33 'Come with me and let me spoil you' 4:03
  Carlo, Riccardo, Cavaliers, Giovanna, Ladies-in-waiting, Elvira, Silva  
34 'Even if Heaven watches over you' 5:04
  Silva, Ernani, Silva's men  
35 'Bring your horses and fetch all your weapons' 1:47
  Ernani, Silva, Silva's men  
   
  Part III: Mercy  
36 'You're sure they'll meet here?' 3:50
  Carlo, Riccardo  
37 'Great Heavens!' 1:31
38 'When I was young and trusting' 3:40
  Carlo  
39 'Ad Augusta!' 5:06
  Conspirators, Ernani, Silva, Jago  
40 'We're brothers!' 2:14
  'Let the Lion of Castile awaken'  
  All  
41 'What is happening?' 3:49
  Conspirators, Carlo, Riccardo, Ernani, Elvira  
42 'Charlemagne inspire me' 4:30
  Carlo, Silva  
   
  Part IV: The Mask  
43 'How happy together are both wife and husband' 3:28
  Guests  
44 'Now all is quiet' 6:40
  Ernani, Elvira, Silva  
45 'I've suffered, alone in misery' 8:35
  Ernani, Silva, Elvira  
46 'Elvira! Elvira!' 1:53
  Ernani, 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  
 David Parry
  12-16 July 2000