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from Act II of the German opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto: Christoph Friedrich Bretzner

Role: Belmonte, Konstanze's lover
Voice Part: tenor       Fach: tenor leggiero
Setting: the gardens of Pasha Selim's country house
Synopsis: Konstanze and Belmonte are finally reunited and as she falls weeping against his chest, he sings that tears of joy are one of the greatest things a lover can receive. He tells her that to see her again is worth more than all of Croesus's riches and that he would never have realized it if they had not seen each other again.
Range: Tessitura:
C3 - G#/Ab4A3 - G4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Camila Argolo Freitas Batista (added 1997-08-06)
Wenn der Freude Tränen fliessen
	Belmonte's aria from Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Wenn der Freude Tränen fliessen,	When tears of joy are flowing,
Lächelt Liebe dem Geliebten hold.	love smiles sweetly on lovers;
Von den Wangen sie zu küssen		to kiss them from her cheeks
Ist der Liebe schönster, grösster Sold.	is love's happiest, greatest reward.

Ach, Konstanze! Dich zu sehen,		Ah Constanze, to see you,
Dich voll Wonne, voll Entzücken		and in rapture and bliss
An mein treues Herz zu drücken.		to hold you close to my faithful heart
Lohnt fürwahr nicht Kron' und Pracht!	is a prize no royal crown could match!

Ah, dieses sel'ge Wiederfinden		Ah, this blissful rediscovery
Lässt innig mich erst ganz empfinden,	made me first experience
Welchen Schmerz die Trennung macht.	what pain separation causes.

Translation by Camila Argolo Freitas Batista (camila@infonet.com.br)
Sounds:
none
Sheet Music/Scores:
The Ultimate Tenor Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at Amazon.com and Sheetmusicplus.com.
Recordings:
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