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from Act I, Scene II of the Italian opera Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave

Role: Rigoletto, a hunchbacked jester
Voice Part: baritone       Fach: dramatic baritone
Setting: A street
Synopsis: After he meets Sparafucile, an assassin, Rigoletto compares himself to the murderer saying that, as Sparafucile used his knife as a weapon, Rigoletto used his tongue.
Range: Tessitura:
C3 - E4D3 - E4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Guia Monti (added 1997-06-20)
Pari siamo!, Rigoletto's aria from Rigoletto

Pari siamo!... io la lingua, egli ha il pugnale;
	We are equally skilled!... I with my tongue, he with the dagger;
l' uomo son io che ride, ei quel che spegne!
	I laugh and he kills!
Quel vecchio maledivami...O uomini!...o natura!...
	The old man cursed me...O men!...o nature!...
Vil scellerato mi faceste voi!...
	You turned me into a contemptible and evil being!...
O rabbia!...esser difforme!...esser buffone!
	O rage! be misshapen!... to be a jester!...
Non dover, non poter altro che ridere!
	I must, I can't but laugh!...
Il retaggio d' ogni uom m'è pianto...
	The inheritance of this mortal flesh is denied to me... tears...
Questo padrone mio, giovin, giocondo, si possente, bello,
	This master of mine, young, jovial, so handsome and powerful,
sonnecchiando mi dice:
	tells me in slumber:
fa ch' io rida, buffone!...
	make me laugh, jester!...	
Forzarmi deggio, e farlo!... Oh dannazione!...
	I have to muster my courage to do it!... Oh, hell!...
Odio a voi, cortigiani schernitori!
	I hate you, haughty coutriers!
Quanta in mordervi ho gioia!
	How I love wounding you!
Se iniquo son, per cagion vostra è solo...
	If I am wicked, it's all your fault...
Ma in altr'uom qui mi cangio!...
	I am transformed into another man!
Quel vecchio maledivami! Tal pensiero
	The old man cursed me...why does this thought
perchè conturba ognor la mente mia?...
	still unsettle me?
Mi coglierà sventura?... Ah, no, è follia!
	Will it come for ill? Ah, no, that's madness...

Translated by Guia K.Monti
MIDI version by Bill King. Notes: aria alone
MIDI version by Bill King. Notes: duet
Sheet Music/Scores:
Verdi, Giuseppe. Aria Album for Soprano - Vol. 1. Published by Edition Peters. Available at
Anthology of Italian Opera - Baritone. Published by Ricordi. Available at and
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