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from Act IV, Scene 3 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 room in Dunsinane Castle, Scotland
Synopsis: Macbeth has been trapped in his castle by a revolt of the Scottish noblemen. He feels like he may lose his life before the rebellion ends and, even if he doesn't, he will never be loved in his own life. He laments this fact.
Range: Tessitura:
C3 - F#/Gb4F3 - D#/Eb4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Mark D. Lew (added 1999-07-28)
Pietà, rispetto, amore, Macbeth's aria from Macbeth

Perfidi!  All'Anglo contro me v'unite!		Traitors! With the English you unite against me!
Le potenze presaghe han profetato :		Yet those who predict the future have prophesied:
<>		For none of woman born shall harm you."
No, non temo di voi, 				No, I don't fear you
Nè del fanciullo che vi conduce!		Nor the boy who leads you!
Raffermar sul trono quest'assalto mi debbe,	This attack will confirm me on my throne
O sbalzarmi per sempre!				Or overthrow me forever!
Eppur la vita sento nelle mie fibre inaridita!	And yet ... within my veins
							I can feel my lifeblood drying up.

Pietà, rispetto, amore,			Honor, respect and love,
Conforto a'dì cadenti,			The comforts of one's declining years,
Ah! non spargeran d'un fiore		Will not offer any flowers
La tua canuta età.			For me in my old age.
Nè sul tuo regio sasso			Nor even at my royal tomb
Sperar soavi accent;			Might I hope for some kind words.
Ah! sol la bestemmia, ahi lasso!	Only bitter curses, alas!
La nenia tua sarà.			My requiem shall be.

Translation copyright ©1999 by Mark D. Lew ( 
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