“Va tacito e nascosto” (Sarah Connolly, “Giulio Cesare”)

Posted on 17. Feb, 2012 by in Music

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Selsey-based Sarah Connolly, CBE, is one of the foremost British mezzo sopranos. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music where she studied piano and singing. She has been nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award, a TMA Award, two Grammy Awards and won an Edison, Gramophone and South Bank Awards. See more at her website: http://sarah-connolly.com

Superb British mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly as Cesare sings the aria.

“Va tacito e nascosto
quand’avido è di preda
l’astuto cacciator.
E chi è mal far disposto,
non brama che si veda
l’inganno del suo cor.”

“The cunning hunter moves silently and stealthily
when he is eager for prey.
And he who is disposed to evil
Does not wish the deceitfulness
Of his heart to be seen.”

…in a scene shrewdly staged as a choreographed confrontation between the scheming Egyptian King Tolomeo (French counter-tenor Christophe Dumaux) and Cesare. The aria is sung as a bold warning from Cesare to Tolomeo, who has just invited the Roman emperor-general to his palace.

Recitative and aria from the multi-award-winning, famous and fabulous, funny and moving production of Handel’s “Giulio Cesare in Egitto” by DavidMcVicar, set in late 19th-century colonial Egypt with the Redcoats keeping Cesare’s Roman Empire running.

With William Christie directing the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. From Glyndebourne, August 2005.

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