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from Act I, Scene 1 of the Italian opera Simon Boccanegra by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave

Role: Maria Boccanegra (Amelia), Simon Boccanegra's illegitimate daughter, goes by the name Amelia
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: spinto soprano
Setting: the garden of the Grimaldi Palace, Genoa, mid 14th century.
Synopsis: Amelia looks into the distance and remembers her childhood. The sight of the moon and the sea together brings back the memory of the old woman who lived in a small hut by the sea and raised her from a small child. She promises never to let the extravagant surroundings of the palace make her forget her humble past.
Range: Tessitura:
C#/Db4 - A#/Bb5F4 - F5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Robert Glaubitz (added 1997-05-11)
Come in quest'ora bruna, Maria's aria from Simon Boccanegra

Come in quest'ora bruna
Sorridon gli astri e il mare!
Come s'unisce, o luna,
All'onda il tuo chiaror!
Ah! amante amplesso pare
Di due virginei cor!
Ma gli astri e la marina
Che dicono alla mente
Dell'orfana meschina?
La notte atra, crudel,
Quando la pia morente sciamò :
Ti guardi il ciel!
O altero ostel, soggiorno
Di Stirpe ancor più altera,
Il tetto disadorno
Non obliai per te!
Ah! solo in tua pompa austera
Amor sorride a me.
S'inalba il ciel!
Ma l'amoroso canto
Non s'ode ancora!
Ei mi terge ogni dì,
Come l'aurora la rugiada dei fior,
Del ciglio il pianto.
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.
Verdi, Giuseppe. Verdi - Arias for Soprano Vol. 1. Published by Ricordi. Available at Amazon.com and Sheetmusicplus.com.
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