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from Act II 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: the Hanging Gardens
Synopsis: Celia advises Junia to marry Sulla since her lover is surely dead. She then shares her joy for her upcoming marriage to Cinna. She sings in her aria that the rain in summer brings back the green to the leaves and the grass and like them, her soul is reviving from the rain of love.
Range: Tessitura:
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Translation into English by Camila Argolo Freitas Batista (added 1997-08-06)
Quando sugl' arsi campi, Celia's aria from Lucio Silla

Quando sugl' arsi campi		When upon the parched fields
Scende la pioggia estiva,	Summer's rain falls,
Le foglie, i fior ravviva,	The leaves, the flowers revive,
E il bosco, il preticello	Forest and meadows
Tosto si fa più bello,		Are beautified
Ritorna a verdeggiar.		And once again grow green.

Così quest' alma amante		So likewise this loving soul
Fra la sua dolce speme		In its sweet hope
Dopo le lunghe pene		After its long torments
Comincia a respirar.		Begins to breathe anew.

Translation by Camila Argolo Freitas Batista (
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