Una donna a quindici anni

Opera details:

Opera title:

Cosi Fan Tutte

Composer:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

Cosi Fan Tutte Synopsis

Libretto:

Cosi Fan Tutte Libretto

Translation(s):

English Deutsch

Aria details:

Type:

aria

Role(s):

Despina

Voice(s):

Soprano

Act:

2.02

Previous scene: Andate la che siete due
Next scene: Sorella cosa dici?

Cecilia Bartoli - Una Donna A Quindici Anni

Singer: Cecilia Bartoli

The celebrated Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli at the very beginning of her successful career in 1990. Here she sings Despina's aria Una Donna A Quindici Anni from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 1790 opera Così Fan Tutte (K 588). Orchestra of Teatro Mercadante di Napoli is conduced by Salvatore Accardo. Video taken from Italian TV Rai Uno. A consummate actress as well as an amazing singer, it was only a matter of time when Bartoli would be catapulted into stardom. So far she has sold more than six million CD-s, a feat rarely achieved by a classical musician who has never made a compromise of going into crossover. An artist of great instinct, she has managed to bring lesser known works by composers such as Vivaldi, Salieri and Haydn to the attention of a broader public.

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

N. 19 - Aria

DESPINA
Una donna a quindici anni
Dèe saper ogni gran moda,
Dove il diavolo ha la coda,
Cosa è bene e mal cos'è.

Dèe saper le maliziette
Che innamorano gli amanti,
Finger riso, finger pianti,
Inventar i bei perché.

Dèe in un momento
Dar retta a cento;
Colle pupille
Parlar con mille;
Dar speme a tutti,
Sien belli o brutti;
Saper nascondersi
Senza confondersi;
Senza arrossire
Saper mentire;
E, qual regina
Dall'alto soglio,
Col «posso e voglio»
Farsi ubbidir.
fra sé
Par ch'abbian gusto
Di tal dottrina.
Viva Despina
Che sa servir!
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English Libretto or Translation:

No. 19 - Aria

DESPINA
At fifteen a woman
Should know the ways of the world,
Where the devil keeps his tail,
What's right and what is wrong.
She should know the wiles
That ensnare lovers,
How to feign laughter or tears
And to make up good excuses.
At one and the same moment
She must listen to a hundred
But speak with her eyes
To a thousand,
Hold out hope to all,
Be they handsome or plain,
Know how to hide things
Without getting flustered,
Know how to tell lies
Without ever blushing.
And, like a queen
On her lofty throne,
Get her own way
With „I can“ and „I will“
aside
It seems they're taking
To this doctrine;
Hooray for Despina,
She knows how to do it.

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Sheetmusic in our database with this aria

G. Schirmer Opera Anthology: Arias for Soprano Volume 2G. Schirmer Opera Anthology: Diction Coach Arias for Soprano Volume 2Prima Donna's AlbumCantolopera: Arias for Coloratura SopranoMozart Opera Arias: Soprano