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Che puro ciel - No. 33
from Act II of the Italian opera Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck
Libretto: Ranieri Calzabigi

Role: Orfeo, son of the Muse of music, husband of Euridice
Voice Part: mezzo-soprano       Fach: lyric mezzo
Setting: The entrance to Hades
Synopsis: Orfeo, trying to find Euridice, notices the pure light and angelic choirs around him in the Underworld. He has never seen or heard anything like them before. Even though they bring peace to his soul, the only complete peace will come from seeing Euridice again.
Range: Tessitura:
C4 - D#/Eb5D4 - D5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Gabriel Huaroc (added 1998-02-28)
Che puro ciel!, Orfeo's aria from Orfeo ed Euridice

Che puro ciel!				What a pure sky!
che chiaro sol!				what a clear sun!
che nuova luce è questa mai!		But what new light is this!
Che dolci lusinghie risuoni		How sweet seducing echoes
dei bei cantori alati			of the beautiful winged singers
s´odon qui in questa val!		are heard here in this valley!
Dell´aure il susurrar,			The whispering of the aures
Il mormorar de rivi,			the murmuring of rivers
al riposar eterno			to eternal rest
tutto invita quì.			everything invites here!
Ma la quiete che qui tanto regna	But the quietness that here rules so much
non ma da la felicità!			doesn´t give me happiness!
Soltanto tu, Euridice, puoi far 	spariri 	Only you, Euridice, can take off
dal tristo cuore mio l´affano.		from my heart the worrying!
I tuoi soave accenti,			The soft accent of yours,
gli amorosi tuoi sguardi,		the loving looks of yours,
un tuo sorriso,				a smile of yours,
sono il sommo ben che chieder voglio.	are the highest good i want.

Translation by Gabriel Huaroc (
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