"Donna non vidi mai"
Richard Tucker, tenor
an operbathosa video
Donna non vidi mai
from Act I of the Italian opera, Manon Lescaut by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto : Marco Praga, Domenico Oliva, Giulio Ricordi, Liugi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Role : Il Cavaliere Renato des Grieux, a student and young nobleman
Voice Part : tenor
Fach : spinto
Setting : a square near the Paris gate, Amiens, France, 18th century
Synopsis : Des Grieux has just met Manon and fallen in love with her. Manon leaves when called by her brother, but promises to return. Alone, Des Grieux sings about his feelings for Manon.
Donna non vidi mai, simile a questa!
I have never seen a woman, such as this one!
A dirle: "io t'amo,"
To tell her: " I love you",
a nuova vita l'alma mia si desta.
my soul awakens to a new life.
"Manon Lescaut mi chiamo!"
"Manon Lescaut is my name."
Come queste parole profumate,
How these fragrant words
mi vagan nello spirto
wander around in my mind.
e ascose fibre vanno a carezzare.
And come to carress my innermost fibers.
O sussurro gentil,
Oh! sweet thoughts,
deh! non cessar,
Ah, do not cease!
Translation by Randall Garrou