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from Act IV of the Italian opera Adriana Lecouvreur by Francesco Cilèa
Libretto: Arturo Colautti

Role: Adriana Lecouvreur, the star of the Comédie-Française
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: spinto
Setting: a room in Adriana's house, Paris, 1730
Synopsis: On her birthday, Adriana is sent a package which she believes is from Maurizio. Depressed and suicidal because of Maurizio's betrayal of their love, her mood is made worse when she opens the package and finds that it contains the decrepit remains of the violets that she gave Maurizio some time ago as a sign of their love. She sings to them of her sorrow. Little does she know, however, that the package is from Maurizio's other love, the Princesse de Bouillon, who has soaked the flowers in poison.
Range: Tessitura:
D4 - A5G4 - G5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Robert Glaubitz (added 1999-11-19)
Poveri fiori, Adriana's aria from Adriana Lecouvreur

Poveri fiori, gemme de'prati,
pur ieri nati, oggi morenti,
quai giuramenti d'infido cor!
L'ultimo bacio, o il bacio primo,
ecco v'imprimo, 
soave e forte bacio di morte,
bacio d'amor.
Tottu è finito!
Col vostro olezzo muoia il disprezzo :
con voi d'un giorno senza ritorno cessi l'error!
Tutto è finito!
Sheet Music/Scores:
The Ultimate Soprano Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at and
Anthology of Italian Opera - Soprano. Published by Ricordi. Available at and
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