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Ah se a morir - No. 14
from Act II 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 Hanging Gardens
Synopsis: Cecilius finds Junia in the Gardens and vows to find Sulla and kill him. Junia tells Cecilius that he will be killed and that he should go from there as fast as possible. Cecilius worries that he will never see her again. Junia replies that he should not worry, but just love her and disappear for a while. Cecilius then starts his aria, singing that if he must die, then he will always be with her as a ghost. He says goodbye unwillingly for the time being only.
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Translation into English by Camila Argolo Freitas Batista (added 1997-08-06)
Ah se a morir, Cecilio's aria from Lucio Silla

Ah se a morir mi chiama		(Alas, if my cruel fate
Il fato mio crudele		Summons me to death,)
Seguace ombra fedele		As faithful, guardian shade
Sempre sarò con te.		I shall forever be beside thee.

Vorrei mostrar costanza		I would fain give proof of steadfastness,
Cara, nel dirti addio		Dearest, at this parting,
Ma nel lasciarti, oh Dio!	But now that I leave you, o God!
Sento tremarmi il piè.		My footsteps falter.

Translation by Camila Argolo Freitas Batista (

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