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Cette somme t'est due - Part of No. 6
from Act II of the French opera Benvenuto Cellini by Hector Berlioz
Libretto: Léon de Wailly

Role: Ascanio, Benvenuto Cellini's apprentice
Voice Part: mezzo-soprano       Fach: lyric mezzo
Setting: The courtyard of a tavern, Rome, 1532
Synopsis: Ascanio brings Cellini money to pay for his wine. The money, he says, is from the Papal treasurer. If Cellini uses it, he must complete a work called "Perseus" for the treasurer by morning.
Range: Tessitura:
B3 - B5F4 - E5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Robert Glaubitz (added 1998-01-16)
Cette somme t'est due, Ascanio's aria from Benvenuto Cellini

Cette somme t'est due
Par le Pape Clément,
Pour fondre la statue
Que l'Italie attend
De ton noble talent.
Or donc je ne te laisse
Ce pesant sac d'argent
Que sur une promesse
Un solide serment,
Que demain la statue sera fondue,
Ou dès demain
Il me faut ton serment.
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