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from Act I, Scene II of the Italian opera Così fan tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte

Role: Don Alfonso, an old philosopher
Voice Part: bass       Fach: lyric bass|buffo basss
Setting: A garden overlooking the Bay of Naples
Synopsis: Don Alfonso arrives to tell Fiordiligi and Dorabella terrible news. He tells them that their fiances, Guglielmo and Ferrando, have been called away on active duty. In reality, though, they have not. They are just playing a trick on their fiancees.
Range: Tessitura:
D#/Eb3 - D#/Eb4F3 - C#/Db4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Rebecca Burstein (added 2001-01-10)
Vorrei dir, Don Alfonso's aria from Così fan tutte

Vorrei dir, e cor non ho:	I would speak, and I don't have the heart; 
Balbettando il labbro va.	my lips stammer.
Fuor la voce uscir non può,	My voice cannot come forth,
Ma mi resta mezza quà.		but remains trapped within.
Che farete, che farò,		What will you do? What shall I do?
Oh che gran fatalità,		Oh what a great calamity;
Dar di peggio non si può,	nothing worse could happen.
Ho di voi, di lor pietà.	I feel pity for you, for them. 

Translation by Rebecca Burstein (
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