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O soave fanciulla

Opera details:

Opera title:

La Bohème


Giacomo Antonio Puccini




La Bohème Synopsis


La Bohème Libretto


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Duet details:




Rodolfo / Mimì


Tenor / Soprano



Previous scene: Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì
Next scene: Arranci, datteri!

"Sì, mi chiamano Mimì", "O soave fanciulla": 'La Bohème', Lehobye & Gwenxane

Singer: Johan Botha

"Sì, mi chiamano Mimì"... "O soave fanciulla" (Puccini's 'La Bohème') 'Goitsemang Lehobye (Soprano) & Khanyiso Gwenxane (Tenor)
Albert Combrink (Piano) & Stellenbosch Camerata (Ammateur Video Footage recorded at "Opera In A Convent Garden 2014"

"Sì, mi chiamano Mimì" 00:00
"O soave fanciulla" 04:55

Read more about Goitsemang Lehobye HERE:
Read more about Khanyiso Gwenxane HERE:
Read more about "Opera in a Convent Garden" HERE:
Goitsemang Lehobye -- SOPRANO -- Résumé

Goitsemang was born in Ga-Rankuwa and loved singing from as early as she can remember. After finishing her school career, she could not pursue her studies due to a lack of funds and she joined The Black Tie Ensemble's "Incubator" Scheme in February 2005. Goitsemang performed with The Black Tie Opera Chorus, taking part in productions of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, Don Pasquale Puccini's Tosca and Madama Butterfly and Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci and Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana.

Goitsemang soon attracted attention for solo work and her achievements include the role of Micaëla, in Tshwane University of Technology's production of Bizet's Carmen, and the DVD recording of Bravo Mozart and Franz Lehár's The Merry Widow.

In the beginning of 2011 Goitsemang got the opportunity to further her studies at the South African College of Music (SACM) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). In May 2011 she sang the role of Mimi in Puccini's La Bohème in the Baxter Theatre

Highlights of her career include the Johan Botha Gala Concert at the Montecasino Theatre in Johannesburg presented by Cape Town Opera and the CPO's Neil Schicoff Opera Gala. Most recently she took a leading role in CTO's production of Mozart's Don Giovanni. She was also winner of the 2013 Schock Sining Competition. She currently receives vocal training from Hanna van Niekerk.

Khanyiso Gwenxane -- TENOR -- Résumé

Khanyiso Gwenxane is a 25 year old Tenor who started singing at an early age of 6 years in a school choir, and since then he has never looked back in this art form. He has sung in numerous school competitions and has obtained first position nationally. In 2007 he joined the Isango Portabello Ensemble, touring London's West End with a production of Mozart's "Magic Flute" which won the London Theater Critic's Olivier Award. He then went on to study at the Tshwane University of Technology where he obtained his National Diploma and B-tech degree in Vocal Art Performance (opera) under the vocal guidance of Mr Pierre du Toit.

His roles include that of The First Priest in The Magic Flute under the directorship of Marcus Desando and Don Ottavio from Don Giovanni, under the directorship of Pierre du Toit. His concert repertoire includes The Mozart Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Mendelsohn's Die Lobgesang and the Beethoven Choral Symphony.

Khanyiso is now currently furthering his studies at the SACM at UCT doing his second year Post Graduate Diploma in Opera under the vocal guidance of Ms Hanna Van Niekerk. He sang the lead tenor role in this year's CTO production of Mozart's Don Giovanni.

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Mimì si è avvicinata ancor più alla finestra per modo che i raggi lunari la illuminano: Rodolfo, volgendosi, scorge Mimì avvolta come da un nimbo di luce, e la contempla, quasi estatico.

O soave fanciulla, o dolce viso
di mite circonfuso alba lunar
in te, vivo ravviso
il sogno ch'io vorrei sempre sognar!
cingendo con le braccia Mimì
Fremon già nell'anima
le dolcezze estreme,
nel bacio freme amor!
La bacia

assai commossa
Ah! tu sol comandi, amor!...

cingendo colle braccia Mimì
Fremon già nell'anima
le dolcezze estreme.

quasi abbandonandosi
(Oh! come dolci scendono
le sue lusinghe al core...
tu sol comandi, amore!...)

Nel bacio freme amor!
bacia Mimì

No, per pietà!

Sei mia!

V'aspettan gli amici...

Già mi mandi via?

Vorrei dir... ma non oso...

con gentilezza

con graziosa furberia
Se venissi con voi?

Che?... Mimì?
Sarebbe così dolce restar qui.
C'è freddo fuori.

con grande abbandono
Vi starò vicina!...

E al ritorno?


Aiuta amorosamente Mimì a mettersi lo scialle
Dammi il braccio, mia piccina.

Dà il braccio a Rodolfo
Obbedisco, signor!
S'avviano sottobraccio alla porta d'uscita.

Che m'ami di'...

con abbandono
Io t'amo!

Amore !


English Libretto or Translation:

Turning, Rodolfo sees Mimi wrapped in a halo of moonlight. He comtemplates her, in ecstasy.

Oh! lovely girl! Oh, sweet face
bathed in the soft moonlight.
I see in you the dream
I'd dream forever!

(Ah! Love, you rule alone!...)

Already I taste in spirit
The heights of tenderness!

(You rule alone, O Love!)

Already I taste in spirit
the heights of tenderness!
Love trembles in our kiss!

(How sweet his praises
enter my heart ...
Love, you alone rule!)
Rodolfo kisses her.
No, please!

You're mine!

Your friends are waiting.

You send me away already?

I daren't say what I'd like ...

Tell me.

If I came with you?

What? Mimi!
It would be so fine to stay here.
Outside it's cold.

I'd be near you!

And when we come back?

Who knows?

Give me your arm, my dear ...

Your servant, sir ...

Tell me you love me!

I love you.

as they go out
Beloved! My love! My love!


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