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from Act II of the Italian opera L'Arlesiana by Francesco Cilèa
Libretto: Leopoldo Marenco

Role: Federico, son of Rosa Mamai, in love with a woman from Arles
Voice Part: tenor       Fach: spinto tenor
Setting: on the banks of Vacares pond in the region of Camargue, the end of May, late 1800's, Italy
Synopsis: Federico has run away from home after finding out that his beloved girl from Arles has betrayed him with the stable boy. He is found by Baldassarre and L'Innocente but the former leaves to tend the flocks and the latter falls asleep. As L'Innocente falls asleep, he mentions a line from a story told earlier about a goat. This comment sets off Federico and he despairs over his lost love.
Range: Tessitura:
E3 - A4G3 - G4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Hagy (added 1999-11-30)
E' la solita storia, Federico's aria from L'Arlesiana

E' la solita storia del pastore...	It's the usual story of the shepherd...
Il povero ragazzo volvea raccontarla, 	The poor boy wanted to tell it,
e s'addormi.				but fell asleep.
C'è nel sonno l'oblio,			There is oblivion in sleep..
Come l'invidio!				How I envy him!
Anch'io vorrei dormir così		I too would like to sleep like this -
nel sonno almeno l'oblio trovar!	within sleep to find oblivion!
La pace sol cercando io vò:		I only want to find peace:
vorrei poter tutto scordar.		If only I could forget everything.
Ma ogni sforzo è vanno..		But all struggles are in vain.
Davanti ho sempre di lei 		I still see before me 
il dolce sembiante!			her sweet visage..
La pace tolta è sempre a me...		But all struggles are in vain.
Perché degg'io tanto penar?		Why must I suffer so much pain?
Lei!... sempre mi parla al cor!		She!.. How she always spoke to my heart!
Fatale vision, mi lascia! 		Fatal vision, leave me!
mi fai tanto male! Ahimè!		You hurt me so much! Oh poor me!

Translation by Hagy (
Sheet Music/Scores:
The Ultimate Tenor Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at and
Anthology of Italian Opera - Tenor. Published by Ricordi. Available at and
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