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from Act I - The Duel, Scene 2 of the Italian opera Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Salvatore Cammarano

Role: Manrico, an officer in Prince Urgel's army and the supposed son of the gypsy woman Azucena
Voice Part: tenor       Fach: spinto tenor
Setting: The gardens of the palace of Aliferia, Aragon, 1409.
Synopsis: Manrico serenades Leonora, singing that, since he has traveled the world alone for so long as a troubadour, he should soon find his love.
Range: Tessitura:
A#/Bb3 - G#/Ab4A#/Bb3 - G4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Guia Monti (added 1997-07-09)
Deserto sulla terra, Manrico's aria from Il Trovatore

Deserto sulla terra,		Earth is a desert,
col rio destino in guerra	and while fighting against a terrible 
e sola spese un cor		only a heart beat for
al Trovator!			the Troubador!
Ma s' ei quel cor possiede,	If he can have that heart,
bello di casta fede,		beautiful in the pureness of its faith.
รจ d' ogni re maggior		then greater than any king
il Trovator!			is the Troubador!

Translated by Guia K. Monti
Sheet Music/Scores:
The Ultimate Tenor Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at and
Anthology of Italian Opera - Tenor. Published by Ricordi. Available at and
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