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Bel raggio lusinghier - No. 7, Cavatina with Chorus
from Act I, Scene 1 of the Italian opera Semiramide by Gioacchino Rossini
Libretto: Gaetano Rossi

Role: Semiramide, the Queen of Babylon, mother of Arsace
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: dramatic coloratura
Setting: the Temple of Baal, ancient Babylon
Synopsis: Semiramide expresses her great joy that her general Arsace has returned to her side. She is in love with him, although she does not realize that he is actually her son.
Range: Tessitura:
C#/Db4 - A5E4 - F#/Gb5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Robert Glaubitz (added 2000-01-27)
Bel raggio lusinghier, Semiramide's aria from Semiramide

Bel raggio lusinghier,
di speme, e di piacer
alfin per me brillò!
Arsace ritornò, si,
a me verrà,
quest'alma che finor 
gemè, tremò, languì,
oh! come respirò!
ogni mio duol sparì,
dal cor, dal mio pensier,
si dilegnò il terror!

Dolce pensiero, di quell'istante,
a te sorride l'amante cor,
si, come più caro, dopo il tormento,
è il bel momento di pace, e amor,
è il bel momento di gioja, e amor.
Sheet Music/Scores:
The Ultimate Soprano Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at and
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