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from Act IV of the Italian opera Otello by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Arrigo Boïto

Role: Desdemona, Otello's wife
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: lyric soprano
Setting: Desdemona's bedroom
Synopsis: Desdemona prays to the Virgin Mary just before Otello enters to take her life.
Range: Tessitura:
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Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Rebecca Burstein (added 1999-10-28)
Ave Maria, Desdemona's aria from Otello

Ave Maria, piena di grazia, eletta 	Hail Mary, full of grace, chosen
Fra le spose e le vergini sei tu, 	among wives and maidens art thou,
Sia benedetto il frutto, o benedetta, 	blessed be the fruit, o blessed one,
Di tue materne viscere, Gesù. 		of thy womb, Jesus.
Prega per chi adorando a te si prostra, Pray for the one who kneels in prayer before you, 
Prega nel peccator, per l'innocente, 	pray for the sinner, for the one who is innocent,
E pel debole oppresso e pel possente,	and for the weak and oppressed, and for the mighty, 
Misero anch'esso, tua pietà dimostra. 	also wretched, show thy mercy.
Prega per chi sotto l'oltraggio piega 	Pray for the one who bows his head 
La fronte e sotto la malvagia sorte; 	under injustice and under misfortune;
Per noi, per noi tu prega, prega 	for us, pray thou for us, pray
Sempre e nell'ora della morte nostra, 	ever and in the hour of our death,
Prega per noi, prega per noi, prega. 	pray for us, pray for us, pray.
Ave Maria . . . 			Hail Mary . . .
Nell'ora della morte. 			in the hour of our death.
Ave!. . .Amen!				Hail! . . . Amen!

The original Latin prayer, and translation:

Ave Maria, gratia plena: 		Hail Mary, full of grace;
Dominus tecum:				the Lord is with thee;
benedicta tu in mulieribus, 		blessed art thou among women,
et benedictus fructus ventris tui Iesus. and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Sancta Maria mater Dei, 		Holy Mary, mother of God,
ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, 	pray for us sinners, now,
et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.	and in the hour of our death. Amen.

Translation by Rebecca Burstein (
Sheet Music/Scores:
Verdi, Giuseppe. Favorite Soprano Arias. Published by Ricordi. Available at and
The Ultimate Soprano Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at and
Verdi, Giuseppe. Verdi - Arias for Soprano Vol. 1. Published by Ricordi. Available at and
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