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Je connais un pauvre enfant - No. 10, Styrienne
from Act II, Scene 1 of the French opera Mignon by Ambroise Thomas
Libretto: Jules Barbier

Role: Mignon, stolen from an Italian castle by gypsies as a young girl
Voice Part: mezzo-soprano       Fach: lyric mezzo
Setting: Philine's dressing room in a German castle, late 1700s
Synopsis: After Wilhelm and Philine leave the dressing room, Mignon sneaks in and puts on one of Philine's costumes and some of her make-up. As she looks at herself in the mirror, she is amazed at how her appearance is changed.
Range: Tessitura:
C4 - B5D4 - E5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Robert Glaubitz (added 1999-10-28)
Je connais un pauvre enfant, Mignon's aria from Mignon

Je connais un pauvre enfant,
Un pauvre enfant de Bohême,
Au regard triste, au front blême...
Ah! la folle histoire!  
En vain je m'en défend,
Je me trouve bien mieux,
Je ne suis plus la même.

Ah!  Est-ce bien Mignon que voilà?
Un beau jour, tout triomphant,
Tout fier de son stratagème,
Pour plaire au maître qu'il aime...
Ah!  la folle historie!
En vain je m'en défend,
Je me trouve bien mieux,
Je ne suis plus la même.
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