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Opera: Lucrezia Borgia
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Premiere: Milan, 1833.
Scrap 1: Andantino.
This is the famous Brindisi, or drinking song, sung by Orsini in Act 2 of 2. It is also known as Il segreto per esser felice ("The secret of happiness"). This secret is to not give a hang about tomorrow. The irony is that the wine Orsini and his chums are enjoying has been poisoned by Lucrezia Borgia. But she does not have the last laugh; her illegitimate but beloved son Gennaro is one of the revelers. They are all doomed; Lucrezia, too, shortly after revealing to Gennaro that she is his mother.
Scrap 2 (1:11): Piu lento.
During the Prolog (the first "act" of the opera, preceding Act 1) Gennaro sings Di pescatore ignoble esser figliuol credei ("I once believed I was the son of a humble fisherman") to a mysterious woman. He tells how he was given a letter from his mother beseeching him to never seek after her. The woman recognizes the letter as her own. Gennaro does not know he is singing to his mother, the wicked Lucrezia Borgia.
Scrap 3 (3:29): Tempo primo.
Reprise of the Brindisi.
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