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from Act I of the Italian opera I Pagliacci by Ruggiero Leoncavallo
Libretto: Ruggiero Leoncavallo

Role: Canio, the head of a performing troupe, married to Nedda (Pagliaccio in the play)
Voice Part: tenor       Fach: spinto tenor
Setting: The entrance to a village, Calabria, Italy, 1860s
Synopsis: After a villager makes a joke about flirting with Canio's wife Nedda, Canio warns the rest of the villagers, saying that, while everything on the stage is an illusion, life is reality and with a real transgression comes real punishment.
Range: Tessitura:
D3 - A4F3 - G4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Robert Glaubitz (added 1997-10-24)
Un tal gioco, credetemi, Canio's aria from I Pagliacci

Un tal gioco, credetemi,
È meglio non giocarlo con me, miei cari;
E a Tonio e un poco a tutti or parlo!
Il teatro e la vita non son la stessa cosa;
No...non son la stessa cosa!!
E se lassù Pagliaccio sorprende la sua sposa
Col bel galante in camera,
Fa un comico sermone,
Poi si calma od arrendesi ai colpi di bastone!
Ed il pubblico applaude,
Ridendo allegramente!
Ma se Nedda sul serios sorpredessi...
Altramente finirebbe la storia,
Com'è ver che vi parlo!
Sounds:
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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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