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from Act I, Scene 2 of the Italian opera La Battaglia di Legnano by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Salvatore Cammarano

Role: Lida, Rolando's wife
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: dramatic coloratura
Setting: next to the moats surrounding Milan under some trees, 1176
Synopsis: Lida's companions cannot understand why she is not happy on this day of Milan's victory. She tells them that she cannot be happy because her brothers and her parents have been killed in battle and although joy is all around her, she can only cry.
Range: Tessitura:
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Libretto entered by Wilson Woo (added 1999-02-17)
Quante volte come un dono, Lida's aria from La Battaglia di Legnano

Quante volte come un dono
al Signor la morte ho chiesta!
L'esistenza è a me funesta,
è la tomba il mio sospir.
Ma son madre! ... madre io sono,
darmi un figlio Iddio volea!
Ah! per me divenne rea
fin la brama di morir!
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