Dell’ antro magico (Francesco Cavalli)

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Contributor: David Newman (submitted 2008-07-12).  Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 138 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Cross posting by Art Song Central.

General Information

Title: Dell’ antro magico
Composer: Francesco Cavalli
Lyricist: Giacinto Andrea Cicognini

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Soprano solo
Genre: SecularAria

Language: Italian
Instruments: Piano

First published:
Description: Aria sung by Medea in the opera Giasone.

External websites:

Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Dell’ antro magico
Stridenti cardini
Il varco apritemi
E fra le tenebri
Del negro ospizio

Sull’ arca orribile
Del lago stigio
I fuochi splendino
E sù ne mandino
Fumi che turbino
La luce al di.

English.png English translation

From the magic cave,
squealing hinges,
you open the way for me
and let me pass
into the darkness
of the black domain.

In the terrifying arc
of the Stygian waters
the fires gleam,
sending up smoke
which clouds
the light of day.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank