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O wenn ich doch - No 8, part of Finale
from Act I, Scene III of the German opera Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto: Emanuel Schikaneder

Role: Tamino, a young prince of Egypt
Voice Part: tenor       Fach: tenor leggiero
Setting: A grove in the kingdom of Sarastro
Synopsis: When he hears voices around him saying that Pamina is alive, Tamino become excited and plays his magic flute, which charms away the wild creatures around him.
Range: Tessitura:
G3 - A4B3 - G4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Lea Frey (added 1997-11-04)
O wenn ich doch - Tamino's aria from Die Zauberflöte

O wenn ich doch imstande wäre,			Oh if only I were equal,
Allmächtige, zu eurer Ehre.			Almighty, to your honor.
Mit jedem Tone meinen Dank			With every tone my thanks
Zu schildern, wie er hier, entsprang.		Arose to be portrayed, as here.

Wie stark ist nicht dein Zauberton,		How strong is indeed your magic tone,
Weil, holde Flöte, durch dein Spielen	      	For, gracious Flute, through your playing 
Selbst wilde Tiere Freude fühlen.		Even wild animals feel joy.
Doch Pamina, nur Panima bleibt davon.		Still Pamina, only Pamina stays away.

literal translation by Lea F. Frey (
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