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from Act I, Scene 1 of the Italian opera Luisa Miller by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Salvatore Cammarano

Role: Miller, Luisa's father and a retired soldier
Voice Part: baritone       Fach: dramatic baritone
Setting: a happy village in the Tyrol, early 17th century
Synopsis: Wurm, the Count's secretary, has come to Miller to ask for his daugther's hand in marriage. Miller knows that Luisa is in love with Carlo though and tells Wurm that he cannot force her to marry anyone as long as she is in love with Carlo.
Range: Tessitura:
C#/Db3 - F#/Gb4F3 - F4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Robert Glaubitz (added 1997-04-29)
Sacra la scelta è d'un consorte, Miller's aria from Luisa Miller

Sacra la scelta è d'un consorte,
esser appieno libera deve:
Nodo che sciorre sol può la morte
mal dalla forza legge...riceve.
Non son tiranno, padre son io, comanda de' figli al cor.
In terra un padre somiglia Iddio
per la bontade, non pel rigor.
Sheet Music/Scores:
Anthology of Italian Opera - Baritone. Published by Ricordi. Available at and
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