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Tacea la notte - Cavatina
from Act I - The Duel, Scene 2 of the Italian opera Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Salvatore Cammarano

Role: Leonora, a lady-in-waiting for the Princess of Aragon
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: dramatic coloratura
Setting: The gardens of the palace of Aliferia, Aragon, 1409.
Synopsis: Leonora reveals to her servant Ines that she heard someone serenading her in the garden. However, when she goes out to see who the troubadour is, she finds that it is, in fact, a knight in black armor who she had once crowned as the champion of a tournament. She quickly fell in love with him.
Range: Tessitura:
D4 - C6D#/Eb4 - F5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Guia Monti (added 1997-07-20)
Tacea la notte placida, Leonora's aria from Il Trovatore

Tacea la notte placida		The night was still and quiet
e bella in ciel sereno		and beautiful in the terse sky
la luna il viso argenteo	the silvery moon
mostrava lieto e pieno...	showed her glad and full face...
Quando suonar per l' aere,	Suddenly the stillness of the night
infino allor sì muto,		was broken by
dolci s' udiro e flebili	weal and sweet harmony -
gli accordi di un liuto,	the notes of a lute -
e versi melanconici		(and a troubador sang
un Trovator cantò.		a melancholy song.)
Versi di prece ed umile		Those verses were humble like the invocation
qual d' uom che prega Iddio	of a man praying to God.
in quella ripeteasi		(In that song 
un nome mio!		a name was constantly repeated...mine!...)
Corsi al veron sollecita...	So I rushed to the balcony...
Egli era! egli era desso!...	It was him! it was him!...
Gioia provai che agli angeli	I felt the joy that only angels
solo è provar concesso!...	are allowed to feel!...
Al core, al guardo estatico	To my heart, to my blissful glance,
la terra un ciel sembrò.	the earth seemed like Paradise.

Guia K. Monti
Sheet Music/Scores:
Verdi, Giuseppe. Favorite Soprano Arias. Published by Ricordi. Available at and
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
Verdi, Giuseppe. Cantolopera: Verdi Arias for Soprano. Published by Ricordi. Available at
Anthology of Italian Opera - Soprano. Published by Ricordi. Available at and
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