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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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Il dolce suono - Inva Mula

Singer: Inva Mula

"Il dolce suono ("The Sweet Sound") is the incipit of the recitativo of a "scena ed aria" taken from Act III scene 1, Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti. It is also commonly known as "mad scene" sung by the leading soprano, Lucia.

Lucia descends into madness, and on her first wedding night, while the festivities are still being held in the Great Hall, she stabs her new husband, Arturo, in the bridal chamber. Dishevelled, unaware of what she has done, she wanders in the Great Hall, recalling her meetings with Edgardo and imagining herself married to him."

Libretto (trans)

The sweet sound of his voice struck me!
Ah, that voice has entered my heart!
Edgardo! I surrender to you, oh my Edgardo!
I have escaped from your enemies.
A chill creeps into my breast!
Every fibre trembles!
My foot falters!
Sit down by the fountain with me a while!
Alas, the tremendous phantom arises and separates us!
Let us take refuge here, Edgardo, at the foot of the altar.
It is scattered with roses!

A heavenly harmony, tell me, do you not hear it?
Ah, the marriage hymn is playing!
They are preparing the rite for us! Oh, how happy I am!
Oh joy that is felt but not said!
The incense is burning!
The holy torches are shining, shining around!
Here is the minister!
Give me your right hand!
Oh joyful day!
At last I am yours, at last you are mine,
A god gives you to me.
Let me share
The greatest pleasures with you,
A smile from merciful heaven,
Life will be ours.


Watch videos with other singers performing Il dolce suono:


Il dolce suono
Mi colpi di sua voce! Ah! quella voce
M' è 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 piè! Presso la fonte, meco
T'assidi alquanto ... Ahimè! ... sorge il tremedo
Fantasma e ne sepára! ...
Qui ricoviamci, Edgardo a piè dell' ara
Sparsa è 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 più grato
Mi fia con te diviso ...
Del cìel clemente un riso
La vita a noi sarà!

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

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