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from Act III - The Gypsy's Son, 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: A room adjoining the chapel at Castellor, 1409.
Synopsis: Although the castle of Castellor is under siege, Manrico and Leonora are about to be married. Manrico tells his love that, even if the fortress is destroyed and he is killed, he will die speaking her name.
Range: Tessitura:
F3 - G#/Ab4G#/Ab3 - G#/Ab4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Guia Monti (added 1997-07-09)
Ah, sì ben mio, Manrico's aria from Il Trovatore

Ah, sì ben mio, coll' essere	Oh, my love!when I'll be yours
io tuo, tu mia consorte,	and you'll be bride,
avrò più l' alma intrepida,	my soul will be fearless,
il braccio avrò più forte;	my arm will be stronger;
ma pur se nella pagina		but if it is my destiny
   de' miei destini è scritto	
ch' io resti fra le vittime	that I should be among the victims
dal ferro ostil trafitto,	of enemy swords,
fra quegli estremi aneliti	then in those last moments
a te il pensier verrà		my thought will fly to you
e solo in ciel precederti	and death will only seem to me
la morte a me parrà!		to precede you in Heaven!

Guia K. Monti

Sheet Music/Scores:
The Ultimate Tenor Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at and
Adler, Kurt. Operatic Anthology, Volume 3 - Tenor. Published by G. Schirmer. Available at and
Verdi, Giuseppe. Favorite Tenor Arias. Published by Ricordi. Available at
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