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from Act I, Scene 1 of the Italian opera L'Elisir d'Amore by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto: Felice Romani

Role: Nemorino, a young peasant in love with Adina
Voice Part: tenor       Fach: tenor leggiero
Setting: The lawn of Adina's farm in an Italian village, 19th century
Synopsis: Nemorino sings of his love for Adina. He believes that, although he will always love her, nothing will ever come of it because she does not want him. He wonders who can teach him what he needs to win her heart.
Range: Tessitura:
E3 - G4G3 - F4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Gabriel Huaroc (added 1997-11-04)
Quanto è bella, quanto è cara!, Nemorino's aria from L'Elisir d'Amore

Quanto è bella, quanto è cara! 		How beautiful she is, how dear she is
Più la vedo, e più mi piace... 		the more I see her, the more I like her
ma in quel cor non son capace 		but in that heart I'm not capable
lieve affetto ad inspirar. 		little dearness to inspire
Essa legge, studia, impara... 		That one reads, studies, learns
non vi ha cosa ad essa ignota... 	I don't see that she ignores anything
Io son sempre un idiota, 		I'm always an idiot
io non so che sospirar. 		I don't know but to sigh
Chi la mente mi rischiara? 		Who will clear my mind?
Chi m'insegna a farmi amar?		Who will teach me make myself beloved?

Translated by Gabriel Huaroc (
Sheet Music/Scores:
The Ultimate Tenor Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at and
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