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

Role: Celia, sister of Sulla
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: lyric coloratura
Setting: Junia's apartments in Sulla's palace
Synopsis: Sulla asks his sister Celia to get Junia to think better of him. She promises that she will try. When Aufidius recommends that Sulla use force to get what he wants, Celia disagrees. After all, as she sings in her aria, even the most stubborn woman will eventually give in to flattery and gentleness.
Range: Tessitura:
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Translation into English by Camila Argolo Freitas Batista (added 1997-08-06)
Se lusinghiera speme, Cecilia's aria from Lucio Silla

Se lusinghiera speme		If flattering hope
Pascer non sa gli amanti	Cannot sustain those who love,
Anche fra i più costanti	Even in the most constant,
Languisce fedeltà.		Fidelity withers

Quel cor sì fido e tenero,	That heart so true and tender,
Ah sì quel core istesso		Ah, yes, even that heart
Così ostinato adesso		That is still so obstinate,
Quel cor si piegherà.		That heart will bend to thee.

Translation by Camila Argolo Freitas Batista (camila@infonet.com.br)
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