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from Act II of the Italian opera La Fanciulla del West by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto: Guelfo Civinini

Role: Dick Johnson aka Ramerrez, a bandit on the run disguised as Dick Johnson
Voice Part: tenor       Fach: spinto tenor
Setting: Minnie's cabin outside of a mining camp at the foot of Cloudy Mountain, USA, 1849-50
Synopsis: Minnie has found out that Johnson is really a bandit named Ramerrez. Angrily, she asks why he came to her cabin. He responds that he came to rob her but was unable to do so after seeing her. He then tells her of his life. His father was a bandit but when his father died six months ago, Johnson had to support them by taking over his father's gang. After seeing Minnie, he no longer wants to be a thief.
Range: Tessitura:
E3 - A#/Bb4G3 - G4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Robert Glaubitz (added 2000-10-13)
Or son sei mesi, Dick Johnson's aria from La Fanciulla del West

Or son sei mesi che mio padre morì...
Sola ricchezza mia,
Per la madre e pei fratelli, alla dimane,
Veredità paterna :
Una masnada di banditi da strada!
L'accettai.  Era quello il mio destino!
Ma un giorno v'ho incontrata
Ho sognato d'andarmene con voi tanto lontano
E redimermi tutto in una vita
Di lavoro e d'amore...
E il labbro mio mormorò un'ardente preghiera :
Oh Dio!  Ch'ella non sappia mai la mia vergogna!
Il sogno è stato vano!  Ahimè! Ora ho finito.
Sheet Music/Scores:
The Ultimate Tenor Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at and
Franco Corelli - Voices of the Opera Series. Published by Ricordi. Available at and
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