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from Act II (Act I in four-act version), Scene 2 of the Italian|French opera Don Carlos by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Joseph Méry

Role: Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa
Voice Part: baritone       Fach: lyric baritone
Setting: At the gates of the cloisters of St-Just Monastery, Madrid, Spain, 1559
Synopsis: Rodrigo tells Elizabeth of the emotional pain Carlos has been through recently. Carlos, who was in love with Elizabeth when she was forced to marry Carlos's father, has been in misery since the marriage. Rodrigo says that Carlos's spirits would be greatly improved if he could see her again.
Range: Tessitura:
C#/Db3 - F#/Gb4D#/Eb3 - D4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Guia Monti (added 1997-09-28). Notes: from Italian text
Carlo, ch'è sol il nostro amore, Rodrigo's aria from Don Carlos

Carlo, ch'è sol il nostro amore,	Carlo, who is our only love,
vive nel duol su questo suol,		lives unhappy in this country
e nessun sa quanto dolore		and nobody knows how much pain
del suo bel cor fa vizzo il fior.	has to bear his noble heart.
In voi la speme è di chi geme;		You are the only hope of the distressed,
s'abbia la pace ed il vigor.		make him calm down and regain strength.
Dato gli sia che vi riveda;		Allow him to see you once more;
se tornerà, salvo sarà.			if so, he will be saved.

Translated by Guia Monti (
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