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from Act II of the Italian opera La Fanciulla del West by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto: Guelfo Civinini

Role: Minnie, the owner of The Polka Saloon
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: spinto soprano
Setting: Minnie's cabin outside of a mining camp at the foot of Cloudy Mountain, USA, 1849-50
Synopsis: Dick Johnson has come for supper. He mentions that it must be somewhat lonely up in the hills at Minnie's cabin. She responds enthusiastically, saying that it isn't lonely at all. She finds joy, peace, and excitement in the natural beauty of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the meadows and valleys that lie in-between them.
Range: Tessitura:
C#/Db4 - B5E4 - F#/Gb5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Robert Glaubitz (added 1998-03-18)
Oh se sapeste, Minnie's aria from La Fanciulla del West

Oh se sapeste come il vivere è allegro!
Ho un piccolo pollendro che mi porta a galoppo
Laggiù per la campagna; per prati di giunchiglie,
Di garofani ardenti per riviere profonde
Cui profuman le sponde gelsomini e vainiglie!
Poi ritorno ai miei pini ai monti della Sierra
Così al cielo vicini che Iddio passando
Pare la sua mano v'inclini, lontani dalla terra così,
Che vien la voglia di battere alla soglia del cielo,
Per entrar!
Sounds:
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Sheet Music/Scores:
The Ultimate Soprano Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at Amazon.com and Sheetmusicplus.com.
Recordings:
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