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from Act I of the Italian opera Adriana Lecouvreur by Francesco Cilèa
Libretto: Arturo Colautti

Role: Adriana Lecouvreur, the star of the Comédie-Française
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: spinto
Setting: backstage at the Comédie-Française, Paris, 1730
Synopsis: The Prince de Boullion and the Abbe de Chazeuil meet the company at the Comédie-Française before the show. Although the Prince is the patron of Adriana's main competition as an actress, Duclos, he compliments Adriana. She replies to the compliments by saying that she is only the vessel through which the muses work.
Range: Tessitura:
C4 - G#/Ab5F4 - G5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Miriam Ellis (added 2011-07-11)
Io son l’umile ancella, Adriana’s aria from Adriana Lecouvreur 
	Tranlsation by Miriam Ellis

Ecco, respiro appena,          		Look here; I’m scarcely breathing…

Io son l’umile ancella			I’m but the humble servant
del genio creator;			of the brilliant creator;
Ei m’offre la favella			He offers me the words
Io la diffondo ai cor…			that I impart to the heart…
Del verso io son l’accento,		I’m the verse’s music,
l’eco del dramma uman			the echo of human drama,
il fragile strumento			the fragile instrument,
vassallo della man…			the lowly hand-maiden…
Mite, gioconda, atroce, 		Timid, joyous, terrible,
Mi chiamo Fedeltà;			I’m called Faithfulness.
•Un soffio è la mia voce,•		•My voice is just a whisper,• (repeat)
che al novo di morrà.			which, with the new day, will die.
Sheet Music/Scores:
Cantolopera: Arias for Soprano - Volume 3. Published by Ricordi. Available at and
The Ultimate Soprano Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at and
Anthology of Italian Opera - Soprano. Published by Ricordi. Available at and
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