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O Dieu! de quelle ivresse - part of No. 21, duo
from Act II of the French opera Les Contes d'Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach
Libretto: Jules Barbier

Role: Hoffmann, a poet
Voice Part: tenor       Fach: lyric tenor
Setting: Giulietta's palace, Venice, 19th century
Synopsis: After Giulietta warns Hoffmann that he should go to avoid a confrontation with Schlemil (another of her lovers), Hoffmann confesses the full extents of his love for her.
Range: Tessitura:
F3 - A#/Bb4A#/Bb3 - G#/Ab4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Ann Feeney (added 1997-04-21)
Ô Dieu!  de quelle ivresse, Hoffmann's aria from Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Ô Dieu!  de quelle ivresse			God, with what intoxication
Embrases tu mon âme!				You fill my soul!
Comme un concert divin 				Like a divine concert,
Ta voix m'a pénétré!				Your voice has entered me.
D'un feu doux et brûlant 			With a sweet, brilliant fire
Mon être est dévoré;				My being is devoured,
Tes regards 					Your glance
Dans les miens ont épanché leur flamme,		Has poured its fire into mine
Comme des astres radieux 			Like radiant stars,
Et je sens, ô ma bienaimée,			And I feel, my beloved
Passer ton haleine embaumée 			Your sweet-scented breath pass over
Sur mes lèvres et sur mes yeux.			My lips and my eyes.

Word-by-word translation by Ann Feeney, afeeney@Mcs.Net

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