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from Act I of the Italian opera I Pagliacci by Ruggiero Leoncavallo
Libretto: Ruggiero Leoncavallo

Role: Nedda, Canio's wife (Columbine in the play)
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: lyric soprano
Setting: The entrance to a village, Calabria, Italy, 1860s
Synopsis: Nedda worries about the jealousy that Canio is showing towards her. She is afraid that he will find out the truth : she has fallen in love with another and has been seeing that person behind Canio's back.
Range: Tessitura:
D4 - A5E4 - F#/Gb5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Robert Glaubitz (added 1997-10-24)
Qual fiamma avea nel guardo!, Nedda's aria from I Pagliacci

Qual fiamma avea nel guardo!
Gli occhi abbassai per tema 
Ch'ei leggesse il mio pensier segreto!
Oh! s'ei mi sorprendesse...
Brutale come egli e!
Ma basti, orvia.
Son questi sogni paurosi e fole!
O che bel sole di mezz'agosto!
Io son piena di vita,
E, tutta illanguidita per arcano desio,
Non so che bramo!
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