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from Act III of the Italian opera Turandot by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto: Giuseppe Adami

Role: Calaf, the "Unknown Prince", son of Timur
Voice Part: tenor       Fach: dramatic tenor/heldentenor
Setting: The gardens before the walls of Peking
Synopsis: A herald has just announced that no one will sleep in the city of Peking until the Calaf's name is known to the Princess. Calaf, who knows that he has agreed to be killed if Turandot learns his name before the morning, is not worried. He is sure that he will be the only one to reveal his name to the Princess and he will only do that once morning has come and the Princess has consented to be his wife.
Range: Tessitura:
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Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Jason Siegel (added 1997-12-17)
Nessun dorma, Calaf's aria from Turandot

Nessun dorma, Nessun dorma!		No one sleeps! No one sleeps!
Tu pure, o Principessa,			You too, O Princess!
nella tua fredda stanza,		in your chaste room
guardi le stelle			are watching the stars which
che tremano d'amore e di speranza.	tremble with love and hope!
Ma il mio mistero e chiuso in me,	But my secret lies hidden within me,
il nome mio nessun sapra!		no one shall discover my name!
No, no, sulla tua bocca lo diro'	Oh no, I will reveal it only on your lips,
quando la luce splendera'!		when daylight shines forth
Ed il mio bacio scioglierà il silenzio	and my kiss shall break
che ti fa mia!				the silence which makes you mine

(Il nome suo nessun saprà!		(no one shall discover my name!
e noi dovrem, ahime, morir!)		And we will have to die!)

Dilegua, o notte!			Depart, oh night!
Tramontate, stelle!			Fade away, you stars!
All'alba vincero'!			At dawn I shall win!

Translation by Jason Siegal
Sheet Music/Scores:
Anthology of Italian Opera - Tenor. Published by Ricordi. Available at and
Franco Corelli - Voices of the Opera Series. Published by Ricordi. Available at and
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