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from Act I, Scene 2 of the Italian opera Giovanna d'Arco by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Temistocle Solera

Role: Giovanna, Giacomo's daughter (Joan of Arc)
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: dramatic coloratura
Setting: A garden in the Court of Rheims, France, 1429
Synopsis: Giovanna has commanded the French troops to victory over the English and has accomplished what she set out to do. She is still at the court but she wishes to return to her old life as a shepherdess. She sings longingly of her small cottage, the forest that surrounded it, and her father whom she misses dearly.
Range: Tessitura:
D4 - A#/Bb5F4 - F5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Robert Glaubitz (added 1997-04-17)
O fatidica foresta, Giovanna's aria from Giovanna d'Arco

O fatidica foresta, o mio padre, o mia capanna,
Nella semplice sua vesta tornerà fra voi Giovanna;
Deh ridatele i contenti che più l'alma non senti!
Sheet Music/Scores:
Verdi, Giuseppe. Verdi - Arias for Soprano Vol. 1. Published by Ricordi. Available at and
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