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from Act II of the Italian opera I Puritani by Vincenzo Bellini
Libretto: Count Carlo Pepoli

Role: Elvira Walton, the daughter of Lord Walton
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: lyric coloratura
Setting: A hall in the castle near Plymouth, England, during the English Civil War (1649)
Synopsis: After Giorgio explains to the people in the Castle about Elvira, Bruno and the people leave. Elvira enters visibly perturbed (and somewhat insane) and remembers her lover's voice while Riccardo and Giorgio pity her.
Range: Tessitura:
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Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Manuel A. Gutiérrez (added 1998-10-13)
Qui la voce, Elvira's aria from I Puritani

Qui la voce sua soave            	Here his soft voice
mi chiamava...e poi sparì.     		called me...and then vanished.
Qui giurava esser fedele,         	here he swore to be faithful,
qui il giurava,                      	this he was vowing,
E poi crudele, mi fuggì!             	and then cruelly fled from me!
Ah, mai più qui assorti insieme     	Oh! No longer to be joined together
nella gioia dei sospir.              	in the joy of sighing.
Ah, rendetemi la speme,              	Oh, return my hope
o lasciate, lasciatemi morir.        	or let me die.

Vien, diletto, è in ciel la luna!    	Come, beloved, the moon is in the sky!
Tutto tace intorno intorno;          	everything is quiet around us;
finchè spunti in cielo il giorno,     	until day breaks in the sky,
vien, ti posa sul mio cor!             	come and alight upon my heart!
Deh!, t'affretta, o Arturo mio,      	Hurry up, oh, my Arthur,
riedi, o caro, alla tua Elvira:      	return, my dear, to your Elvira:
essa piange e ti sospira,           	she cries and sighs for you,
vien, o caro, all'amore, ecc.         	come, my dear, to love...

Translation by Manuel A. Gutiérrez (
Sheet Music/Scores:
The Ultimate Soprano Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at and
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