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

Role: Luisa Miller, a peasant girl
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: dramatic coloratura
Setting: a room in Miller's cottage, the Tyrol, early 17th century
Synopsis: Luisa's father has been taken to jail and is threatened with execution because Luisa and Rodolfo, the Count's son, are in love. Wurm, the Count's secretary, tells Luisa the only way to save her father is to write a letter saying that she loves Wurm and that she never loved Rodolfo. She writes it and then sings that, if she does wrong in writing this letter, she wishes God to punish her instead of Wurm and the Count.
Range: Tessitura:
C#/Db4 - B5E4 - A5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Robert Glaubitz (added 1997-04-29)
Tu puniscimi, o Signore, Luisa's aria from Luisa Miller

Tu puniscimi, o Signore,
se t'offesi e paga io sono,
ma de'barbari al furore
non lasciarmi in abbandono,
A scampar da fato estremo
innocente genitor chieggon essi
a dirlo io fremo!
Chieggon essi della figlia il disonor!
Sheet Music/Scores:
Verdi, Giuseppe. Verdi - Arias for Soprano Vol. 1. Published by Ricordi. Available at and
Verdi, Giuseppe. Aria Album for Soprano - Vol. 1. Published by Edition Peters. Available at
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