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

Role: Il Conte di Luna, a young nobleman, under the rule of the Prince of Aragon
Voice Part: baritone       Fach: dramatic baritone
Setting: The convent near Castellor, 1409.
Synopsis: Leonora has decided to enter a convent after hearing that her love Manrico has died in battle. The Count of Luna also loves her, though, and decides that if he steals her away from the convent, then she will love him. In this aria, he confesses his love of Leonora to the world.
Range: Tessitura:
A2 - G4F3 - F4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Guia Monti (added 1997-07-09)
Il balen del suo sorriso, Count di Luna's aria from Il Trovatore

Ardita, e qual furente amore		(Daring, they asked me 
ed irritato orgoglio			about maddening love
chiesero a me. 				and wounded pride.)
Spento il rival, caduto			My rival dead, 
ogni ostacol sembrava ai miei desiri;	when every hindrance seemed removed 
						from the achievent of my wishes;
novello e più possente ella 		she now lies out a new and a most 
	ne appresta...				difficult obstacle ...
L' altare! Ah, no, non fia		The altar! Oh no, let not
D' altri Leonora!			Leonora be but mine!...
Leonora è mia!				Leonora is mine!

Il balen del suo sorriso		The flashing of her smile
D' una stella vince il raggio!		shines more than a star!
Il fungor del suo bel viso		The radiance of her beautiful features
novo infonde in me coraggio!...		Gives me new corage!...
Ah! l' amor, l' amor ond' ardo		Ah! Let the love that burns inside me
le favelli in mio favor!		speak to her in my favour!
Sperda il sole d' un suo sguardo	Let the sun's glance clear up 
la tempesta del mio cor.		the tempest raging in my heart.
Qual suono!...oh ciel...		What a noise!...oh heavens...

Translated by Guia K. Monti
Sheet Music/Scores:
Anthology of Italian Opera - Baritone. Published by Ricordi. Available at and
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