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Vieni t'affretta - Cavatina
from Act I, Scene 2 of the Italian opera Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave

Role: Lady Macbeth, the wife of Macbeth
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: dramatic coloratura
Setting: A hall in Macbeth's castle, Scotland
Synopsis: Lady Macbeth has just read a letter aloud from Macbeth saying that he has been appointed Thane of Cawdor and, right before he was appointed Thane, a group of witches prophesied that he would be both Thane and King soon. Lady Macbeth is excited about this prospect and sings of this excitement that her husband will soon be King of Scotland.
Range: Tessitura:
D4 - C6F4 - G#/Ab5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Ugo Berardi (added 2000-02-13)
Vieni! t'affretta!, Lady Macbeth's aria from Macbeth

Ambizioso spirto tu sei, Macbetto		Macbeth, you are an ambitious man.
Alla grandezza aneli ma sarai tu malvagio?	You want to be great, but will you be wicked?
Pien di misfatti è il calle dell potenza,	the way to the power is full of crimes,
E mal per lui 					and plague on him 
che il piede dubitoso vi pone, e retrocede!	that begins that way doubting and then goes back.

Vieni! t'affretta!				Come on! Hurry up!
Accendere ti vo' quel freddo core!		I will fire your cold heart!
L'audace impresa a compiere			I will make you able
	Io ti darò valore.				to complete the bold undertaking.
Di Scozia a te promettono			The witches promise you
	Le profetesse il trono...			the scottish throne...
Che tardi?					What are you waiting for?
Accetta il dono, ascendivi a regnar.		Accept this gift! Ascend it and reign!

Translation by Ugo Berardi (
Sheet Music/Scores:
The Ultimate Soprano Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at and
Verdi, Giuseppe. Aria Album for Soprano - Vol. 1. Published by Edition Peters. Available at
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