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

Role: Sulla, dictator of Rome
Voice Part: tenor       Fach: lyric tenor
Setting: Junia's apartments in Sulla's palace
Synopsis: Enraged by Junia's hatred of him, Sulla decides to suppress his own desire to have Junia and resolves to kill her. His desire to kill her has consumed him so totally that all his fond feelings for her have turned to hatred. He then sings that she may beg for her life later, but he will not grant her a pardon.
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Translation into English by Camila Argolo Freitas Batista (added 1997-08-06)
Il desìo di vendetta, Silla's aria from Lucio Silla

Il desìo di vendetta, e di morte	The desire for vengueance and for death
Sì m'infiamma, e sì m'agita il petto,	Inflames me and so agitates my breast
Che in quest'alma ogni debole affetto	That each tender feeling of the soul
Disprezzato si cangia in furor.		That has been scorned, is turned to wrath.

Forse nel punto estremo			Perhaps thou wilt at the end
Della fatal partita			Of the fateful duel
Mi chiederai la vita,			Beg that thy life be spared;
Ma sarà il pianto inutile,		Yet tears will then be fruitless,
Inutile il dolor.			And fruitless the anguish.

Translation by Camila Argolo Freitas Batista (
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