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from the one act Italian opera Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni
Libretto: Guido Menasci

Role: Turiddu, a soldier, the son of Lucia
Voice Part: tenor       Fach: spinto
Setting: Easter Sunday in the main square of a Sicilian village, Italy, late 1800s
Synopsis: Turiddu has been challenged to a duel by Alfio. He is drunk and does not believe that he will live through the duel. He tells his mother that he is going out and asks her to take care of Santuzza if he doesn't come back.
Range: Tessitura:
D#/Eb3 - A#/Bb4A#/Bb3 - G#/Ab4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Mike Gibb (added 1997-10-26)
Mamma, quel vino è generoso, Turiddu's aria from Cavalleria Rusticana

Mamma, 				Mother,
Quel vino è generoso, e certo 	That wine is full-bodied, and I know
Oggi troppi bicchieri 		That I have drunk
	ne ho tracannati... 		Too many glasses today ...
Vado fuori all'aperto. 		I'm going for some fresh air.
Ma prima voglio 		But first I'd like
Che mi benedite 		You to bless me
Come quel giorno 		Like that day
Che partii soldato. 		When I went off to be a soldier.
E poi... mamma... sentite... 	And .. mother .. listen .. 
S'io... non tornassi... 	If I .. don't come back ..
Voi dovrete fare 		You must be 
Da madre a Santa, 		A mother to Santa (Santuzza)
Ch'io le avea giurato 		Whom I have sworn
Di condurla all'altare. 	To lead to the altar. 

Oh! nulla! 			Oh, no reason!
È il vino che mi ha suggerito! 	It must be the wine!
Per me pregate Iddio! 		Pray to God for me!
Un bacio, mamma... 		A kiss, mother...
Un altro bacio... addio! 	Another kiss... Addio! 

Translation by Mike Gibb 
Sheet Music/Scores:
The Ultimate Tenor Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at and
Italian Tenor Arias with Orchestra, vol. II. Published by Music Minus One. Available at and
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