S_V_H Mon Coeur s’ouvre á ta voix (Softly Awakens My Heart) image1

softlyAwakensMyHeart_1Mon  Coeur s’ouvre á ta voix,” quoting Wikipedia, “..is a popular mezzo-soprano aria from Camille Saint-Saëns’s opera Samson and Delilah, known in English as “Softly awakes my heart”. It is sung by Delilah in act 2 as she attempts to seduce Samson into revealing the secret of his strength.”

This quote from Wikipedia explains the change made to this Opera song, that convinced me to paint this music:
“In the opera, Delilah is responding to Samson’s words “Dalila! Dalila! Je t’aime!” (Delilah! Delilah! I love you!) which he repeats between the first and second verses of her aria; these interjections are omitted in recital performances or sometimes sung to the changed words “Samson! Samson! Je t’aime!“; Samson’s part in the final 22 bars of the stage aria where he joins Delilah in a duet is also omitted in a recital, although some performers, notably Marilyn Horne and Jessye Norman, have sung Samson’s final words – changed as above, rising to a high B-flat (my emphasis).”

Here is the link to the video to a wonderful performance of this change to the music, beautifully sung by Elina Garanca.   At the end of the aria, starting  at 5:45 minutes, there is a small pause, and then she softly sings, “..Samson.., Samson, ..I love you.” That is the music of this Artwork.