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from Act I of the Italian opera Lucio Silla by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto: Giovanni de Gamerra

Role: Cecilius, proscribed senator
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: male soprano|lyric soprano|lyric mezzo
Setting: the banks of the Tiber in a grove near ruins
Synopsis: Imagining his wife all, alone, Cecilius is sad at first but then realizes that with his friend Cinna's help, he will see her soon. He sings in his aria that he can already imagine the moment he sees his wife again. He wonders though how much joy he will feel if now, when he is only thinking about her, he feels exhilirated.
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Translation into English by Camila Argolo Freitas Batista (added 1997-08-06)
Il tenero momento, Cecilio's aria from Lucio Silla

Il tenero momento		The tender moment
Premio di tanto amore		Reward of love so great,
Già mi dipinge il core		Already fills my heart
Fra i dolci suoi pensier.	With sweet thoughts.

E qual sarà il contento,	And how shall that joy be,
Ch'al fianco suo m'aspetta,	Which awaits me at her side,
Se tanto ora m'alleta		When the very thought alone
L'idea del mio piacer?		So entices my rapture?

Translation by Camila Argolo Freitas Batista (
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