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Ange si pur (Spirto gentil) - Recitative and romance
from Act IV of the French|Italian opera La Favorite (La Favorita) by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto: Alphonse Royer

Role: Fernand (Ferdinand), a young novice at the monastery of St. James of Compostella
Voice Part: tenor       Fach: tenor leggiero
Setting: the monastery of St James of Compostella, Castile, Spain, circa 1340
Synopsis: Not knowing that Léonore is the "favorite" of King Alphonse, Fernand asks the king for her hand in marriage and receives it because he has led Castile to victory in battle over the Moors. Thinking that his bride is pure, he prepares to marry her. However, before she appears, he finds out that she has been the lover of the King. With his heart broken, he returns to the monastery and mourns for the betrayal of his love and the loss of Léonore.
Range: Tessitura:
G3 - C5B3 - G4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Robert Glaubitz (added 2001-03-13)
Spirto gentil, Fernando's aria from La Favorita

Spirto gentil,
ne' sogni miei brillasti un dì,
ma ti perdei : fuggi dal cor 
mentita speme,
larve d'amor fuggite insieme.

A te d'accanto 
del genitore scordava il pianto,
la patria, il ciel donna sleal;
in tanto amore segnasti il cor
d'onta mortal, ahimè!

Spirto gentil, ecc.
Sheet Music/Scores:
The Ultimate Tenor Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at and
Anthology of Italian Opera - Tenor. Published by Ricordi. Available at and
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