So war es mein Kuss,
der welthellsichtig dich machte?
Mein volles Liebesumfangen
lässt dich dann Gottheit erlangen.
Die Welt erlöse, ist dies dein Amt;
schuf dich zum Gott die Stunde,
für sie lass mich
ewig dann verdammt,
nie heile mir die Wunde!
Richard Wagner, Parsifal
Violeta Urmana sings La Mort de Cléopâtre in Florence
Violeta Urmana (c) Christine Schneider
Violeta Urmana can be seen and heard in La Mort de Cléopâtre by Hector Berlioz in Florence on
September 27. This cantata depicts the Egyptian queen's last moments before she takes her own life. Racked by fear and self-doubt, she calls upon the spirits of the Pharaohs before dying in convulsions. In some twenty minutes, this work spans a wide range of conflicting feelings and offers its interpreter ample scope for characterization.
Violeta Urmana has recorded La Mort de Cléopâtre on CD for Oehms Classics. The Hamburg-based music magazine Das Opernglas wrote at the time: “She takes the listener into the final minutes before Cleopatra’s suicide by way of a wide spectrum of emotions portrayed with a commanding voice under perfect control.”
Now that Violeta Urmana is to interpret this rewarding scena anew, she has a fresh opportunity to exploit her dramatic vocal talent to the full. The programme of this concert with L’Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under the musical direction of Roberto Abbado also features Musorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Berlioz’s Tristia.
September 27, 2014, Opera di Firenze