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from Act III of the Italian opera La Fanciulla del West by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto: Guelfo Civinini

Role: Dick Johnson aka Ramerrez, a bandit on the run disguised as Dick Johnson
Voice Part: tenor       Fach: spinto tenor
Setting: a forest at the foot of Cloudy Mountain, USA, 1849-50
Synopsis: Johnson is about to executed for his crimes committed as Ramerrez. He explains his final wish passionately : that Minnie think that he was freed and never know his actual fate.
Range: Tessitura:
D#/Eb3 - A#/Bb4F#/Gb3 - F#/Gb4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Michael Fulton (added 2000-05-22)
Ch'ella mi creda libero, Dick Johnson's aria from La Fanciulla del West

Ch'ella mi creda libero e lontano,	Let her think I'm free and far away,
Sopra una nuova via di redenzione!	on my way to a new life of redemption!
Aspetterà ch'io torni			She'll wait for me to return..
E passeranno i giorni,			and the days will pass,
Ed io non tornerò...			and I won't return...
Minnie, della mia vita mio solo fiore,	Minnie, only flower of my life,
Minnie, che m'hai voluto tanto bene!	Minnie, you who have loved me so much!
Ah! tu della mia vita m io solo fior!	Ah, you, the only flower of my life!

Translation by Michael Fulton (
Sheet Music/Scores:
The Ultimate Tenor Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at and
Celebri Arie di Opere - Volume 4. Published by Ricordi. Available at
Anthology of Italian Opera - Tenor. Published by Ricordi. Available at and
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