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from Act III, Scene 1 of the French opera Manon by Jules Massenet
Libretto: Henri Meilhac

Role: Lescaut, Manon's cousin, Royal Guardsman
Voice Part: baritone       Fach: lyric baritone
Setting: A busy square in Paris, France, 18th century
Synopsis: Lescaut is flirting in the crowd. He claims to one girl that the only way he can fully praise her is to climb the heights of Mount Pindus.
Range: Tessitura:
C#/Db3 - F4D#/Eb3 - D#/Eb4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Bob Frone (added 1997-11-13)
O Rosalinde, Lescaut's aria from Manon

O Rosalinde,
Il me faudrait gravir le Pinde,
Pour te chanter comme il convient!
Que sont le sultanes de l'Inde
Et les Armide et les Clorinde,
Près de toi, que sont elles?
Rien... rien du tout!
Rien du tout!
Ô ma Rosalinde, 
Je veux gravir le Pinde
Pour te chanter comme il convient!
Ma Rosalinde! Ma Rosalinde! Ma Rosalinde!
Choisir! choisir! non, ma foi!
A quoi bon l'économie,
Quand on a trois dés en main
Et que l'on sait le chemin
De l'hôtel de Transylvanie!
A quoi bon! à quoi bon l'écomomie!
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