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from Act I, Scene 3 of the Italian opera I Puritani by Vincenzo Bellini
Libretto: Count Carlo Pepoli

Role: Lord Arturo Talbot, a Cavalier, in love with Elvira
Voice Part: tenor       Fach: tenor leggiero
Setting: In the Hall of Arms in the fortress near Plymouth, England, during the English Civil War (1649)
Synopsis: Lord Arturo Talbot enters the Hall with squires bearing presents, including a beautiful white veil, for Elvira Walton, his bride to be. He sings of the impossible love he always had for her.
Range: Tessitura:
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Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Manuel A. Gutiérrez (added 1997-11-04)
A te, o cara, Arturo's aria from I Puritani

A te, o cara, amor talora     	To you, oh dear one, love at times
Mi guidò furtivo e in pianto;	lead me furtively and in tears;
Or mi guida a te d'accanto  	now it guides me to your side
Tra la gioia e l'esultar.    	in joy and exhultation.

Al brillar di sì bell'ora,   	At the radiance of such a beautiful hour
Se rammento il mio tormento   	if I renew my torment,
Si raddoppia il mio contento, 	it redoubles my happiness,
M'è più caro il palpitar.    	'tis more dear the (heart's) beating.

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