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In quali...Mi tradi quell'alma ingrata - No. 21b, Recitative and Aria
from Act II, Scene III of the Italian opera Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte

Role: Donna Elvira, a noblewoman seduced and abandoned by Don Giovanni
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: spinto
Setting: A cemetary
Synopsis: Alone, Donna Elvira reflects on Don Giovanni, whose guilt she cannot deny even though she still feels affection towards him.
Range: Tessitura:
D4 - A5A#/Bb4 - G#/Ab5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Jane Bishop (added 1997-04-21)
Mi tradi quell'alma ingrata, Donna Elvira's aria from Don Giovanni

In quali eccessi, o Numi,              		In what excesses, O Heavens,
in quai misfatti orribili, tremendi     	In what horrible, terrible crimes
è avvolto il sciagurato!                	The wretch has involved himself!
Ah no! non puote tardar l'ira del cielo,	Ah no! The wrath of Heaven cannot delay,
la giustizia tardar.                   		Justice cannot delay.
Sentir già parmi la fatale saetta,     		I already sense the fatal bolt
chi gli piomba sul capo!               		Which is falling on his head!
Aperto veggio il baratro mortal!...    		I see the mortal abyss open!...
Misera Elvira! che contrasto d'affetti 		Unhappy Elvira! what a conflict of feelings
in sen ti nasce!                       		Is born in your breast!
Perchè questi sospiri?                 		Why these sighs?
e quest'ambascie?                      		And these pains?

Mi tradì quell'alma ingrata,         		That ungrateful soul betrayed me,
Infelice, o Dio!, mi fa.             		O God, how unhappy he made me!
Ma tradita e abbandonata,            		But, though betrayed and abandoned,
Provo ancor per lui pietà.           		I still know pity for him.
Quando sento il mio tormento,        		When I feel my suffering,
Di vendetta il cor favella;          		My heart speaks of vengeance;
Ma, se guardo il suo cimento,        		But when I see the danger he's in,
Palpitando il cor mi va.             		My heart beats for him.

Word-by-word translation by Jane Bishop,
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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