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from Act IV of the Italian opera Le Nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte

Role: Marcellina, a spinster, former servant to Dr. Bartolo
Voice Part: mezzo-soprano       Fach: lyric mezzo
Setting: The garden of Count Almaviva
Synopsis: Marcellina wonders aloud why birds and animals can love in peace, but a man always betrays his woman.
Range: Tessitura:
F4 - A5G4 - G5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Robert Glaubitz (added 1998-09-08)
Il capro e la capretta, Marcellina's aria from Le Nozze di Figaro

Il capro e la capretta		The billy-goat and the she-goat
son sempre in amistà,		Are always friends,
l'agnello all'agnelletta	The male lamb and the female lamb
la guerra mai non fa.		Never make war on each other.
Le più feroci belve		The most ferocious wild animal
per selve e per campagne	in the woods and in the country
lascian le lor compagne		Leaves their companions
in pace e libertà.		in peace and freedom.
Sol noi povere femmine		Only we poor women
che tanto amiam questi uomini,	That love so much these men,
trattate siam dai perfidi	Must deal always with cruelty from the 
	ognor con crudeltà!		treacherous ones!

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