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Ah lo veggio - No. 24
from Act II, Scene II of the Italian opera Così fan tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte

Role: Ferrando, a soldier who is in love with Dorabella
Voice Part: tenor       Fach: tenor leggiero
Setting: the garden of Dorabella and Fiordiligi
Synopsis: Ferrando disguised as an Albanian is alone with Fiordiligi. He attempts to woo her and sings this aria when he thinks she is beginning to weaken, saying that her gentle nature cannot resist his charms.
Range: Tessitura:
F3 - A#/Bb4G3 - G#/Ab4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Gabriel Huaroc (added 1998-02-26)
Ah lo veggio quell'anima bella, Fernando's aria from Così fan tutte

Ah lo veggio quell'anima bella		Ah I see that beautiful soul
Al mio pianto resister non sà :		doesn't know to resist my weeping
Non è fatta per esser rubella		she's not made to be rebellious
Agli affetti di amica pietà.		to the loves of a friend, pity.
In quel guardo, in quei cari sospiri	In those looks, in those lovely sighs
Dolce raggio lampeggia al mio cor :	a sweet ray lights my heart :
Già rispondi a miei caldi desiri,	Now answer to my warm desires
Già tu cedi al più tenero amor.		now surrender to my tender love
Ma tu fuggi, spietata tu taci,		But you scape, unpitiful you're silent
Ed invano mi senti languir?		and in vain you feel me suffer?
Ah cessate, speranze fallaci,		Ah, stop, wrong hope
La crudel mi condanna a morir.		the cruel one condemnes me to die.

Translated by Gabriel Huaroc (
Sheet Music/Scores:
The Ultimate Tenor Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at and
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