Nuit resplendissante

From: Cinq-Mars, 1877
By: Charles Gounod (1818-1893)


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Arrangement: mezzo-soprano solo with piano accompaniment

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Another of many great arias from the 19th century French repertoire which were once fairly standard but have now fallen out of fashion. This is an excellent aria for displaying a smooth tone and legato line in the middle mezzo-soprano range. I've included the recitative for those who are interested, but I believe in most contexts it would better to omit it in performance.

There is a French-language synopsis of Cinq-Mars on François Davin's Gounod website. I know of no English-language synopsis available online.

I started writing an arrangement of this aria with a string quartet accompaniment, but that project is not a top priority. If you'd be interested in such an arrangement, please let me know.

Released: July 7, 1999
Latest update: June 22, 2009
Update history:
06/22/09: New address; no other changes.
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06/16/00: New address, minor change in accompaniment in bar 6, negligible typographic adjustments.

Editorial notes: Minor typographical changes. Slight editing of markings; markings in brackets are added by the editor. Punctuation of text revised. English translation added. (See also general editorial notes.)

Source material: Opera Songs, book 2, for mezzo-soprano and alto, John Church Co., 1901. Oakland Public Library, main branch, 784.2 Op2 V.2. Translations by Patricia Kealy and Mark D. Lew.

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June 22, 2009