Armide – Gluck
Armide was Gluck’s last opera. The translation was commissioned by the Buxton Festival for their 2006 production, which was directed by Aidan Lang and conducted by Robert King.
Air – Les enfers ont prédit cent fois…
All the forces of Hell maintain
that I have hoped in vain to see Renaud in prison
and he will conquer my domain:
ah! it would be so sweet to treat him with derision
and stop the course of his triumphant reign.
Ah, how I hate him, his attitude’s outrageous!
Though it is true, he is brave and courageous,
it’s his brazen pride I detest.
Through every hour I’m haunted by this vision,
every day, every night, he disturbs my rest…