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Il dolce suono

Opera details:

Opera title:

Lucia di Lammermoor


Gaetano Donizetti




Lucia di Lammermoor Synopsis


Lucia di Lammermoor Libretto


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Lucia di Lammermoor - 'Il dolce suono...' (Donizetti; Diana Damrau, The Royal Opera)

Singer: Diana Damrau

Soprano Diana Damrau sings an extract from 'Il dolce suono... Spargi d'amaro pianto', the famous 'Mad Scene' from Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. Find out more at
Lucia di Lammermoor is Donizetti’s tragic masterpiece. The opera marked the beginning of his partnership with regular collaborator librettist Salvadore Cammarano – who, as was the fashion of the day, looked to Walter Scott. Cammarano’s adaptation of Scott’s novel The Bride of Lammermoor moved Donizetti greatly with its tale of the tragic consequences of a forced marriage. In the subsequent score he produced not only some of his most beautiful but also his most dramatically potent music.

One of the UK’s most sought-after directors, Katie Mitchell created a new production for The Royal Opera in 2015. Mitchell compellingly draws the famous title character as a strong and independent woman who fiercely fights against her brother’s machinations. A spectacular split-screen set designed by Vicki Mortimer metes out the tragic events of Donizetti’s opera with devastating precision.

Watch videos with other singers performing Il dolce suono:


Il dolce suono
Mi colpi di sua voce! Ah! quella voce
M' č qui nel cor discesa!
Edgardo; io ti son resa;
Fuggita io son da' tuoi nemici ... Un gelo
Mi serpeggia nei sen!.. trema ogni fibra!
Vacilla il pič! Presso la fonte, meco
T'assidi alquanto ... Ahimč! ... sorge il tremedo
Fantasma e ne sepára! ...
Qui ricoviamci, Edgardo a pič dell' ara
Sparsa č di rose!.. Un' armonia celeste
Di', non ascolti?.. Ah l'inno
Suona di nozze!.. Il rito
Per noi, per noi s'appressa! ... Oh me felice!
Oh gioja che si sente, o non si dice?
Ardon gl' incensi ... splendon
Le sacre faci intorno!
Ecco il ministro! Porgimi
La destra ... Ah lieto giorno!
Alfin son tua: sei mio!
A me ti dona un Dio ...
Ogol piacer piů grato
Mi fia con te diviso ...
Del cěel clemente un riso
La vita a noi sarŕ!

English Libretto or Translation:

I was stirred
by the sweet sound of his voice! Ah, that voice
won this heart of mine!
Edgardo, I am yours again,
Edgardo, ah, my Edgardo!
Yes, I am yours again,
I escaped from your enemies.
An icy shiver creeps in my bosom.
Every nerve quivers! My step falters!
Sit with me a while near the fountain.
Alas! The terrible spectre rises
and parts us! Alas!
Alas! Edgardo! Edgardo! Ah!
The us!
Here let us hide, Edgardo, at the foot of the altar.
it is strewn with roses! Celestial harmony,
do you not hear it? Ah, strains
of our wedding-hymn! The ceremony
awaits usL.Oh, how happy I am!
Edgardo, Edgardo, how happy I am!
Oh, joy that I feel but cannot express!
The incense is burning - the sacred
torches are glowing all around!
Here is the minister! Give me
your hand...Oh, happy day!
At last I am yours, at last you are mine,
God has given you to me.

Sheetmusic in our database with this aria

G. Schirmer Opera Anthology: Coloratura Arias for SopranoG. Schirmer Opera Anthology: Diction Coach Coloratura Arias for Soprano15 Arias for Coloratura SopranoMaria Callas Volume 1Donizetti: Favorite Soprano Arias