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

Role: Junia, daughter of Gaius Marius and engaged of Cecilius.
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: dramatic coloratura
Setting: the Hanging Gardens
Synopsis: Overcome with a sudden burst of fear, Junia decides to go to the Senate and get them to pardon Cecilius. In her aria, she sings that she cannot breathe because of her grief. She wishes she could die so that her intense grief would be gone.
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Translation into English by Camila Argolo Freitas Batista (added 1997-08-06)
Parto, m'affretto, Giunia's aria from Lucio Silla

Parto, m'affretto. Ma nel partire	I go, I hasten. But thus
Il cor si apezza. Mi manca l'anima,	Breaks my heart. My soul departs,
Morir mi sento. 			I feel the approach of death. 
Né so morire,				And yet I cannot die,
I pine and shudder. I weep, and suffer.	E smanio, e gelo. E piango, e peno.
Ah se potessi, potessi almeno		(Alas, could I but die
Fra tanti spasimi, morir così.		Of grief so great!)

Ma per maggior mio duolo		(But to increase my torment
Verso un' amante appressa		Death itself today scorns
Divien la morte istessa			A loving soul bowed down with care.)
Pietosa in questo dì.

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







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