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Sei tu che piangi?

Opera details:

Opera title:

Manon Lescaut


Giacomo Antonio Puccini




Manon Lescaut Synopsis


Manon Lescaut Libretto


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Duet details:




Manon Lescaut / Chevalier des Grieux


Soprano / Tenor



Previous scene: Manon senti amor mio
Next scene: E nulla nulla!

Puccini - Manon Lescaut - Sola, perduta, abbandonata - Renata Scotto

Singer: Renata Scotto

Manon Lescaut is an opera in four acts by Giacomo Puccini. The story is based on the 1731 novel L'histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by the Abbé Prévost.

A vast plain near the outskirts of the New Orleans territory

The act begins with the lovers are making their way across the desert hoping to find protection in a British settlement. Wandering in the desert without any water, the ailing Manon is exhausted. She falls and can't go any further (Des Grieux, Manon: Tutta su me ti posa) ; (Des Grieux: Vedi, son io che piango) ; (Manon, Des Grieux: Sei tu che piangi).

Des Grieux is alarmed by Manon's appearance and goes to look for water. While he is gone, Manon recalls her past, muses about her fatal beauty and her fate (Manon: Sola, perduta, abbandonata).

Des Grieux returns, having been unable to find water. Manon bids him a heart-rending farewell and dies in his arms. Overcome by grief, Des Grieux falls unconscious across her body (Manon, Des Grieux: Fra le tue braccia, amore).

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rinvenendo poco a poco, mentre Des Grieux la solleva da terra
Sei tu che piangi?
Sei tu che implori? …
tuoi singulti ascolto
e mi bagnano il volto
le tue lagrime ardenti …
Ah! sei tu, sei tu che piangi e implori?
Amor, aita! aita!

O amore! O Manon!
Ah! Manon! amor mio!
O mia Manon!

La sete mi divora …
amore, aita, aita!

Tutto il mio sangue
per la tua vita!
Si guarda intorno smarrito, poi corre verso il fondo scrutando l'orizzonte lontano. Poi ritorna, disperato, verso Manon.
È nulla! nulla!
Arida landa … non un filo d'acqua …
O immoto cielo! O Dio,
a cui fanciullo anch'io
levai la mia preghiera,
un soccorso, un soccorso!

Sì … un soccorso! Tu puoi
salvarmi! … Senti,
qui poserò!
E tu scruta il mister dell'orizzonte,
e cerca, cerca monte o casolar;
Oltre ti spingi e con lieta favella
lieta novella poi vieni a recar!

English Libretto or Translation:

gradually recovering, while Des Grieux lifts it off the ground
Are you crying?
Are you imploring? ...
your singults listening
and they bathe my face
your burning tears ...
Ah! are you, are you crying and begging?
Amor, aita! aita!

O love! O Manon!
Ah! Manon! my love!
Or my Manon!

The thirst devours me ...
love, aita, aita!

All my blood
for your life!
He looks around lost, then runs to the bottom, peering at the distant horizon. Then he returns desperately to Manon.
It is nothing! nothing!
Arida landa ... not a trickle of water ...
O immoto sky! Hate,
to whom I too am a child
I raised my prayer,
a rescue, a rescue!

Yes ... a rescue! You can
save me! ... Look,
here I will lay down!
And you look at the mister of the horizon,
and search, search for mount or casolar;
Beyond you push yourself and with good willow
glad tidings then come to bear!

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