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Marie Stuart et Rizzio (Léon Halévy)




Livret pour les cantates du prix de Rome 1837.

Mary Stuart, who is held prisoner, awaits the return of her lover, David Rizzio, who arrives shortly. They sing of the love they share. But Mary’s heart is troubled by dark presentiments. She sings a nostalgic and melancholy hymn to France, the country she loves, which she feels sure that she will never see again. Rizzio sings a similar hym to his native Italy. Having forced Rizzio to leave before dawn to avoid his being seen by the cruel Lord Ruthven, she finds herself alone in her room. Suddenly she hears a noise that fills her with anxiety. Rizzio, mortally wounded, returns to die at her feet. Intercepted in his flight, he has come to warn her of the danger that she too faces. Overcome by grief, Marie swears to avenge her lover, even if it means losing her life.

    Persons - 2
  • GOUNOD, Charles (1818-1893)
  • HALÉVY, Léon (1802-1883)
  • Work - 1
  • Marie Stuart et Rizzio (L. Halévy / Gounod)
  • Theme - 1
  • Prix de Rome – Concours de composition musicale
  • Press articles -  3
  • Le Ménestrel, 30 avril 1837 [prix de Rome]
  • Le Ménestrel, 4 juin 1837 [prix de Rome]
  • Revue et Gazette musicale de Paris, 22 octobre 1837 [texte de la cantate du prix de Rome]