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Dove sono i bei momenti

Aria ''Dove sono i bei momenti' from opera Le nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Kiri Te Kanawa - soprano
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,
Conductor : James Levine
The Metropolitan Opera Centennial Gala, 1983


E Susanna non vien!                     

And Susanna hasn't come!

Sono ansiosa di saper                   

I'm anxious to know

come il Conte accolse la proposta.      

How the Count took the proposition.

Alquanto ardito il progetto mi par,     

The plan seems to me a little rash,

E ad uno sposo si vivace e geloso!       

And against such a quick and jealous husband!

Ma che mal c'è?                         

But what harm is there in it?

Cangiando i miei vestiti con quelli     

To change my clothes with

                    di Susanna,                            


E suoi co'miei                          

And hers with mine

al favor della notte.                   

Under cover of night.

Oh, cielo! a qual umil stato fatale     

Oh, Heaven! What a fatal comedown

io son ridotta da un consorte crudel!   

I'm reduced to by a cruel husband!

Che dopo avermi con un misto inaudito   

Who, after he had me, [gave me] an unheard-of mixture

d'infedeltà, di gelosia, di sdegno!     

Of infidelity, jealousy and rage!

Prima amata, indi offesa, e alfin tradita, 

First loved, then insulted, and at last betrayed,

Fammi or cercar da una mia serva aita!  

You force me to seek help from one of my maids!



Dove sono i bei momenti             

Where are the lovely moments

Di dolcezza e di piacer?            

Of sweetness and pleasure?

Dove andaro i giuramenti            

Where have the promises gone

Di quel labbro menzogner?           

That came from those lying lips?

Perchè mai, se in pianti e in pene  

Why, if all is changed for me

Per me tutto si cangiò,             

Into tears and pain,

La memoria di quel bene             

Has the memory of that goodness

Dal mio sen non trapassò?           

Not vanished from my breast?

Ah! se almen la mia costanza,       

Ah! if only, at least, my faithfulness,

Nel languire amando ognor,          

Which still loves amidst its suffering,

Mi portasse una speranza            

Could bring me the hope

Di cangiar l'ingrato cor!           

Of changing that ungrateful heart!

Gundula Janowitz is the Contessa Almaviva

'Porgi Amor' from a wonderful "Le Nozze di Figaro" conducted by Georg Solti at Paris Opera Garnier in 1980. The very famous stage production by Giorgio Strelher. Fabulous cast : Jose Van Dam (Figaro), Lucia Popp (Susanna), Gundula Janowitz (Contessa Almaviva), Gabriel Bacquier (Almaviva), Federica Von Stade (Cherubino), Jane Berbié (Marcellina).

Kv. 581

Annelien van Wauwe, Boris Brovstyn, Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, Lise Berthaud and Maximilian Hornung play Mozart's 'Clarinet Quintet in A, KV 581' during the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht 2017.


Annelien van Wauwe [clarinet]
Boris Brovstyn [Violin]
Nikita Boriso-Glebsky [Violin]
Lise Berthaud [Viola]
Maximilian Hornung [cello]

Voi avete un cor fedele

In 1775 Mozart received a commission to write the substitution aria “Voi avete un cor fedele,” K. 217, for an unknown soprano in an Italian comic opera troupe passing through Salzburg. The aria, which was inserted into Baldassare Galuppi’s comic opera Le nozze di Dorina, was undoubtedly better suited to the unknown soprano’s voice than the original one. In this aria we see an early manifestation of the opera buffa style years before Mozart composed his Italian comic opera masterpieces - Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte. Cecilia Bartoli sings.

Gia dagli occhi il velo è tolto

Bejun Mehta (countertenor) singing the beautiful aria "Gia dagli occhi il velo è tolto" from Mozart's Opera Seria "Mitridate, Re di Ponto".

Salzburg Fetival 2006; Conductor: Marc Minkowski with Les Musiciens du Louvre; Director: Günter Krämer

Già dagli occhi il velo è tolto,
vili affetti io v'abbandono:
son pentito, e non ascolto, che i latrati del mio cor. Tempo è omai, che al primo impero
la ragione in me ritorni;
già ricalco il ben sentiero
della gloria e dell'onor.

Dove Sono I Bei Momenti

Dorothea Röschmann as Countess Almaviva sings 'Dove sono i bei momenti' from Act III of David McVicar's production of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), The Royal Opera, 2006. Find out more at

Le nozze di Figaro was the first fruit of Mozart’s partnership with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte; they would go on to create Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte. For Figaro, Da Ponte adapted (perhaps at Mozart’s suggestion) Pierre Beaumarchais’ controversial play Le Mariage de Figaro, which at the time was banned in Vienna due to its seditious content. The opera was well received in Vienna but had only nine performances; its revival soon after in Prague was a tremendous success, and led to the commission of Don Giovanni. Figaro quickly entered the international repertory and has rarely been out of it since, admired as one of Mozart’s finest works.

David McVicar’s acclaimed production sets the action in a French château in 1830 on the eve of revolution, amplifying the opera’s undercurrents of class tension. The entire household is drawn into the notoriously complex plot, which covers all shades of human emotion: from spirited playfulness (such as ‘Non più andrai’, when Figaro cheerfully sends Cherubino off to war), to deep despair (such as the Countess’s grief at her husband’s infidelity in ‘Dove sono i bei momenti’). But affection and fidelity prevail in this most warm-hearted of operas: the Count’s plea for forgiveness in the final act, ‘Contessa, perdono’, is an especially moving moment.