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from Act I of the Italian opera Norma by Vincenzo Bellini
Libretto: Felice Romani

Role: Adalgisa, a virgin of the Durid temple.
Voice Part: mezzo-soprano       Fach: lyric coloratura
Setting: Night in the Druid's sacred forest, Gaul, around 50 B.C.
Synopsis: Adalgisa, a young priestess of Irminsul, goes into the sacred wood to meet Pollione, the Roman Proconsol. She prays to her god to protect her from her love.
Range: Tessitura:
A#/Bb3 - F#/Gb5not entered
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Sally Mouzon (added 1998-09-28)
Sgombra è la sacra selva...Deh!  proteggimi, o Dio!, Adalgisa's aria from Norma

Sgombra è la sacra selva, 		Cleared is the sacred forest, 
compiuto il rito.			finished the rite.
Sospirar non vista alfin poss'io,	To crave the sight, at last I can,
qui... dove a me s'offerse la prima 	here...where for the first time the 
	volta quel fatal Romano,		fatal Roman offered himself to me, 
che mi rende rubella al tempio,al Dio..	that makes me a traitor to the temple, to the god...
Fosse l'ultima almen!  Vano desio!	If only it had been the last time!  Vain desire!
Irresistibil forza qui mi trascina...	Irresistable force here me drags...
e di quel caro aspetto il cor si pasce	and on that dear face the heart feeds itself...
e di sua cara voce l'aura che spira	and of his dear voice the breeze that blows 
mi ripete il suono.			to me repeats the sound.

Deh!  proteggimi, o Dio!		Protect me, o God!
deh!  proteggimi, proteggimi,		Protect me, protect me,
o Dio, proteggimi:  			o God, protect me:  
perduta, perduta io son,		lost I am,
gran Dio, abbi pietà, 			great God, have pity, 
perduta, perduta io son.		lost, lost I am.

Translation by Sally Mouzon (
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