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from Act I of the German opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto: Christoph Friedrich Bretzner

Role: Belmonte, Konstanze's lover
Voice Part: tenor       Fach: tenor leggiero
Setting: the seaside country estate of Pasha Selim
Synopsis: In this recitative and aria, Belmonte sings of the almost painful anticipation he experiences now that he is so close to seeing Konstanze again.
Range: Tessitura:
F#/Gb3 - A4G#/Ab3 - F#/Gb4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Camila Argolo Freitas Batista (added 1997-08-06)
O wie ängstlich, Belmonte's aria from Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Konstanze, dich wiederzusehen, dich!	Constanze, to see you once more!

O wie ängstlich, o wie feurig		O how eagerly, o how ardently
Klopft mein liebevolles Herz!		my lovesick heart is beating!
Und des Wiedersehens Zähre		But the glad tears of our reunion
Lohnt der Trennung bangen Schmerz.	will erase the anxious pain of separation.

Schon zittr' ich und wanke,		I already tremble and waver,
Schon zag' ich und schwanke;		quake and falter;
Es hebt sich die schwellende Brust!	my breast swells to bursting!

Ist das ihr Lispeln?			Is that her whisper?
Es wird mir so bange!			I'm all on fire.
War das ihr Seufzen? 			Was that her sigh?
Es glüht mir die Wange!			My cheeks are aglow.
Täuscht mich die Liebe? 		Does love deceive me?
War es ein Traum?			Was it a dream?

Translation by Camila Argolo Freitas Batista (
Sheet Music/Scores:
The Ultimate Tenor Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at and
Adler, Kurt. Operatic Anthology, Volume 3 - Tenor. Published by G. Schirmer. Available at and
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