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from Act IV of the Italian opera Andrea Chénier by Umberto Giordano
Libretto: Luigi Illica

Role: Andrea Chénier, a poet
Voice Part: tenor       Fach: spinto
Setting: In the courtyard of the Prison of St. Lazare
Synopsis: Waiting for dawn and the Trumbil, Chénier has been writing a poem. He recites it to Roucher at his urging.
Range: Tessitura:
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Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Randall Garrou (added 1999-01-18)
Come un bel dì di maggio, Andrea Chénier's aria from Andrea Chénier

Come un bel dì di maggio	Like a beautiful day in May
che con bacio di vento 		that with a kiss from the wind
e carezza di raggio, si		and a caress from a ray of sun, it
spegne in firmamento,		extinguishes on the horizon
col bacio io d'una rima,	so I, with a kiss from a rhyme, 
carezza di poesia,		a caress of poetry 
salgo l'estrema cima 		climb up the extreme summit
dell'esistenza mia.		of my existence
La sfera che cammina 		The sphere that proceeds
per ogni umana sorte		for each human fate 
ecco già mi avvicina, 		here it is already bringing me near
all'ora della morte,		to the hour of death 
e forse pria che 		and perhaps before
l'ulti'ma mia strofa sia finita,my last strophe is finished
m'annuncierà il carnefice	the executioner will announce to me
la fine della vita.		the finish of my life.
Sia  Strofe, ultima Dea!	So be it.  Strophe, ultimate goddess!
ancor dona al tuo poeta		still you give to your poet 
la sfolgorante idea,		the brilliant idea 
la fiamma consueta;		the flame familiar 
io, a te, mentre tu vivida  	I, to you, while you gush vividly
	a me sgorghi 	
dal cuore, 			from my heart
darò per rima,			will offer for a ryhme
il gelido spiro d'un uom 	the ice cold breath of a man
che muore.			about to die.

Translation by Randall Garrou (
Sheet Music/Scores:
The Ultimate Tenor Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at and
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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