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from Act III of the Italian opera Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave

Role: Macbeth, a general in the army of King Duncan of Scotland
Voice Part: baritone       Fach: dramatic baritone
Setting: A dark cave with a boiling cauldron in the center.
Synopsis: Told by a ghost that he will not be conquered until "great Birnam wood" come to "high Dunsinane hill", Macbeth rejoices in this arioso for he does not believe that such a thing is possible.
Range: Tessitura:
D#/Eb3 - F4G3 - D#/Eb4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Ugo Berardi (added 2000-02-13)
Oh lieto augurio!, Macbeth's aria from Macbeth

Oh lieto augurio!  			Oh, happy wishes!
Per magica possa selva alcuna 		For magic power no wood 
Giammai mon fu mossano			ever moved itself.
Or mi dite : salire al mio soglio	And now tell me: will the sons of Banquo
La progenie dì Banco dovrà?		ever ascend my throne?
Lo voglio! O su voi la mia spada cadrà!	I want to know it, or my sword will descend on you!

Translation by Ugo Berardi (
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