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from Act III of the Italian opera Turandot by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto: Giuseppe Adami

Role: Liú, a slave girl
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: lyric soprano
Setting: The gardens before the walls of Peking
Synopsis: Liù, secretly in love with Prince Calaf, is threatened with horrible torture if she does not reveal his name. She courageously refuses to do so, scorning her torturers. She soon finds a way to stab herself rather than give away Calaf’s secret, sacrificing herself so that he may win Turandot.
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Translation into English by Miriam Ellis (added 2011-07-11)
Tanto amore segreto, Liu’s aria from Turandot
	Translation by Miriam Ellis

Tanto amore segreto, e inconfessato, 	So much secret and undeclared love,
grande così che questi strazi		so great, that these tortures
son dolcezze per me.			are something sweet to me.
Perchè ne faccio dono			Because I offer them 
al mio signore … 			to my lord…
Perchè, tacendo, io gli do,		Because, by my silence,
gli do il tuo amore.			I give him, I give him your love.
Te gli do, Principessa,			I give him to you, Princess,
e perdo tutto! E perdo tutto!		and lose everything! I lose everything!
Persino l’impossibile speranza!		Even impossible hope!
Legatemi! Straziatemi!			Tie me up! Torture me!
Tormenti e spasimi date a me,		Let me suffer torment and agony,
Ah! come offerta suprema 		Ah! as the supreme offering 
del mio amor.				of my love.
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