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from Act I of the Italian opera Manon Lescaut by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto: Marco Praga

Role: Il Cavaliere Renato des Grieux, a student and young nobleman
Voice Part: tenor       Fach: spinto tenor
Setting: a square near the Paris gate, Amiens, France, 18th century
Synopsis: Des Grieux has just met Manon and fallen in love with her. Manon leaves when called by her brother, but promises to return. Alone, Des Grieux sings about his feelings for Manon.
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Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Randall Garrou (added 1999-01-18)
Donna non vidi mai, Des Grieux's aria from Manon Lescaut

Donna non vidi mai, simile a questa!	I have never seen a woman, such as this one!
A dirle: "io t'amo," 			To tell her: " I love you",
a nuova vita l'alma mia si desta.	my soul awakens to a new life.
"Manon Lescaut  mi chiamo!"		"Manon Lescaut is my name."
Come queste parole profumate,  		How these fragrant words 
mi vagan nello spirto 			wander around in my mind.
e ascose fibre vanno a carezzare.	And come to carress my innermost fibers.
O sussurro gentil,			Oh! sweet thoughts,
deh! non cessar, 			Ah, do not cease!

Translation by Randall Garrou (
Sheet Music/Scores:
The Ultimate Tenor Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at and
Adler, Kurt. Operatic Anthology, Volume 3 - Tenor. Published by G. Schirmer. Available at and
Anthology of Italian Opera - Tenor. Published by Ricordi. Available at and
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