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from Act I of the Italian opera Edgar by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto: Ferdinando Fontana

Role: Frank, a young man, son of Gualtiero, brother of Fidelia
Voice Part: baritone       Fach: lyric baritone
Setting: the main square of a Flemish village at dawn in April, late 19th century
Synopsis: Frank looks at Tigrana from afar and sings of his love for her. He has grown up with her and loves her very much, but she does not return the love and, in fact, thinks that being Frank's lover would be sinful since they are almost like brother and sister.
Range: Tessitura:
D3 - F4F3 - E4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Robert Glaubitz (added 1998-05-15)
Questo amor, vergogna mia, Frank's aria from Edgar

Chi detto a me l'avrebbe mai che un giorno
Costei sarebbe stata
L'affanno più crudel della mia vita?... 
Son quindici anni d'Ungari e Morischi
Un'errabonda schiera
Nel villaggio passò, qui una bambina
Abbandonando... Era Tigrana!... Crebbe 
Figlia di tutti... Aimè, sul nostro seno 
La vipera scaldammo!

Questo amor, vergogna mia,
Io spezzar, scordar vorrei;
Ma d'un' orrida malìa
Sono schiavi i sensi miei...
Mille volte al ciel giurai
Di fuggirla!... E a lei tornai!
Ella ride del mio pianto,
Del mio sdegno si fa scherno; 
Ed io, vil, col cuore infranto,
Ai suoi piedi mi prosterno...
E lei sola io sogno, io bramo!
Ah sventura!... Io l'amo!... Io l'amo!
Sounds:
none
Sheet Music/Scores:
Anthology of Italian Opera - Baritone. Published by Ricordi. Available at Amazon.com and Sheetmusicplus.com.
Recordings:
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