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from Act I, Scene II of the Italian opera Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto: Salvatore Cammarano

Role: Lucia Lammermoor, Enrico's sister
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: dramatic coloratura
Setting: A park in the estate grounds
Synopsis: Waiting with her servant at a fountain, Lucia remembers the night when the ghost of a woman killed at the fountain by Edgardo's ancestor appeared to her and warned her that her romance with Edgardo would end in blood.
Range: Tessitura:
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Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Ugo Berardi (added 1999-11-04)
Regnava nel silenzio, Lucia's aria from Lucia di Lammermoor

Regnava nel silenzio       	The night,deep and dark,
alta la notte e bruna...   	reigned in the silence...
Colpia la fonte un pallido 	A pale ray from the gloomy moon
raggio di tetra luna...    	shone on the fountain...
Quando un sommesso gemito  	When a low sigh
fra l'aure udir si fe';    	was heard throughout the air;
ed ecco au quel margin     	and there on the fountain's edge
ah! l'ombra mostrarsi a me.	the shadow appeared to me!
                    Ah!                        Ah!
Qual di chi parla,muoversi 	Her lips moved 
il labbro suo vedea,       	as if speaking,
e con la mano esanime      	and with her lifeless hand
chiamarmi a sè parea.      	she seemed to call me.
Stette un momento immobile,	She stood there, motionless,
poi rattab dileguò.        	then she suddenly disappeared.
E l'onda, pria sì limpida, 	And the water, earlier so limpid,
di sangue rosseggiò.       	became as red as the blood.'

Translation by Ugo Berardi (
Sheet Music/Scores:
The Ultimate Soprano Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at and
Prima Donna's Album. Published by G. Schirmer. Available at and
Anthology of Italian Opera - Soprano. Published by Ricordi. Available at and
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