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from Act I, Scene 3 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: In the Hall of Arms in the fortress near Plymouth, England, during the English Civil War (1649)
Synopsis: Elvira appears for her wedding dressed in her wedding dress and carrying the white veil Arturo gave her. She expresses her delight at the prospect of marrying Arturo.
Range: Tessitura:
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Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Manuel A. Gutiérrez (added 1998-10-13)
Son vergin vezzosa, Elvira's aria from I Puritani

Ah sì. 						Oh, yes; 
Son vergin vezzosa in vesta di sposa;  		I'm a charming virgin in a wedding dress
son bianca ed umile qual giglio d'april,     	I'm white and humble as an April lily,
ho chiome odorose cui cinser tue rose,        	I have perfumed hair which is bound
							by your roses,
ho il seno gentile del tuo monil.         	I have my gentle breast to wear your necklace.

Qual mattutina stella                        	Like a morning star
bella voglio brillar;                        	beautifully I wish to shine;
del crin le moli anella                       	in my hair the heavy ring
mi giova ad aggraziar,                         	is useful to make it graceful

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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