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Voi lo sapete - Romanza
from the one act Italian opera Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni
Libretto: Guido Menasci

Role: Santuzza, a peasant girl
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: spinto
Setting: Easter Sunday in the main square of a Sicilian village, Italy, late 1800s
Synopsis: Santuzza tells Mamma Lucia that when her son left to join the Army, he promised to marry Lola. When he came back, however, Lola had married someone else. So, he fell in love with Santuzza which made Lola so jealous that she has stolen him away from Santuzza.
Range: Tessitura:
B3 - A5F4 - G5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Mike Gibb (added 1997-10-26)
Voi lo sapete, o mamma, Santuzza's aria from Cavalleria Rusticana

Voi lo sapete, o mamma,		You know, mamma, that
Prima d'andar soldato, 		Before he went off to be a soldier
Turiddu aveva a Lola 		Turiddu swore to Lola
Eterna fè giurato. 		To be eternally faithful
Tornò, la seppe sposa; 		He returned to find her married;
E con un nuovo amore 		And with a new love
Volle spegner la fiamma 	He wanted to extinguish the flame
Che gli bruciava il core: 	That burnt in his heart:
M'amò, l'amai. 			He loved me, I loved him.
Quell'invidia d'ogni delizia 	She, envious of my happiness,
Del suo sposo dimentica, 	Forgotten by her husband,
Arse di gelosia... 		Burning with jealousy,
Me l'ha rapito... 		She stole him from me.
Priva dell'onor mio rimango: 	I am left, dishonoured:
Lola e Turiddu s'amano, 	Lola and Turiddu love each other,
Io piango, io piango! 		And I weep!

Translation by Mike Gibb  
Sheet Music/Scores:
The Ultimate Soprano Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at and
Prima Donna's Album. Published by G. Schirmer. Available at and
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