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from Act III of the French opera Carmen by Georges Bizet
Libretto: Henri Meilhac

Role: Carmen, a gypsy
Voice Part: mezzo-soprano       Fach: lyric mezzo|dramatic mezzo
Setting: A mountain pass.
Synopsis: Carmen reads her fortune from a deck of cards and finds that they predict death for her. Again and again she tries but it still comes up death. She then sings that fate is unavoidable for the cards never lie.
Range: Tessitura:
B3 - F5B3 - D5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Robert Glaubitz (added 1998-01-16)
En vain pour éviter, Carmen's aria from Carmen

Voyons, que j'essaie à mon tour,		Let's see, I'll try a turn
Carreau, mort!			Diamond, spade...death!
J'ai bien d'abord.			I read it first.
Ensuite lui...pour tous les deux la mort!	Then him...for both all death!

En vain pour éviter les réponses amères,	In vain in order to avoid harsh remarks,
En vain tu mêleras;				In vain you shuffle,
Cela ne sert à rien, les cartes			That settles nothing, the cards
Sont sincères et ne mentiront pas!		Are sincere and won't lie!
Dans le livre d'en haut				In the book on high
Si ta page est heureuse,			If your page is happy,
Mêle et coupe sans peur,			Shuffle and cut without fear
La carte sous tes doigts 			The card under your fingers
Se tournera joyeuse,				Will turn itself up happily
T'annonçant le bonheur.				Announcing its good luck
Mais si tu dois mourir,				But if you must die,
Si le mot redoutable				If the dreaded word
Est écrit par le sort,				Is written by fate,
Recommence vingt fois, 				Try again 20 times,
La carte impitoyable				The pitiless card
Répétera : la mort!				Again : death!
Encor! Encor! Toujours la mort!			Again!  Again!  Always death!
Encore! De désespoir!				Again!  Despair!
Toujours la mort!				Always death!

Translation by Robert Glaubitz (
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