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from Act II, Scene 2 of the Italian opera Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave

Role: Banco, a general in the army of King Duncan of Scotland
Voice Part: bass       Fach: lyric bass
Setting: A garden close to Macbeth's castle, Scotland
Synopsis: Banco has entered a garden with his son. He knows that the murder of King Duncan was somehow arranged by Macbeth and sings to the absent man, telling him that as the witches predicted, Macbeth has become King and Thane althoughh not without foul play. He also attempts to keep himself from thinking these accusing thoughts.
Range: Tessitura:
B2 - E4B2 - B3
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Stefano Olcese (added 1998-09-17)
Come dal ciel precipita,  Banco's aria from Macbeth

Studia il passo, o mio figlio...	Be careful how you go, o my son...
Usciam da queste tenèbre...		Let’s go out from this darkness... 
Un senso ignoto				I feel something unknown
Nascer mi sento in petto,		Growing in my heart,
Pien di tristo presagio e di sospetto.	Fraught with sad premonition and suspicion.

Come dal ciel precipita			How the shade falls from heaven
L’ombra più sempre oscura!		More and more obscure !
In notte ugual trafissero		On such another night as this
Duncano, il mio signor.			They stabbed to death Duncan, my lord.
Mille affannose immagini		A thousand nightmares
M’annunciano sventura,			Are foretelling me misfortune,
E il mio pensiero ingombrano		And are oppressing my mind
Di larve e di terror.			With ghosts and dread.

Ohimè !... Fuggi, mio figlio ! 		Alack !... Run away, o my son !...
O tradimento !... 		 	O treachery ! 

Translation by Stefano Olcese (
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