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Oton, qual portentoso fulmine è questi?

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Oton, qual portentoso  
fulmine è questi? Ah ingrato
cesare, infidi amici, e cieli ingiusti:
ma più del ciel, di Claudio, e degl'amici
ingiusta, ingrata, ed infedel Popea.
Io traditor? Io mostro
d'infedeltà? Ahi cielo, ahi fato rio,
evvi duolo maggior del duolo mio?

Translation(s): ENG

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Submitted by Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "Otho, what portentous lightning-bolt is this?", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2018-05-13 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-08-15 12:04:17

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Word count: 43

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Otho, what portentous lightning‑bolt is this?

Language: English after the Italian (Italiano)

Otho, what portentous lightning-bolt is this?
Ungrateful Caesar, disloyal friends, unjust heaven!
But, far more than heaven, Claudio, companions:
unjust, ungrateful, and unfaithful Poppea!
I a traitor? a monster of deceit?
Heaven, cruel fate,
was there ever any suffering greater than mine?

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Based on
  • a text in Italian (Italiano) by Vincenzo Grimani (1655? - 1710)
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Georg Friedrich Händel. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2018-06-01 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-06-01 18:05:55

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Word count: 42