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from Act I, Scene I of the Italian opera Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto: Salvatore Cammarano

Role: Enrico Ashton, lord and master of Lammermoor
Voice Part: baritone       Fach: lyric baritone
Setting: The Lammermoor Castle courtyard, Scotland
Synopsis: Angry that Lucia has had secret romantic meetings with a man whose family is the mortal enemy of the her own Ashton family, Enrico rails that she has betrayed him.
Range: Tessitura:
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Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Guia Monti (added 1998-04-02)
Cruda, funesta smania, Enrico's aria from Lucia di Lammermoor

Cruda, funesta smania		A cruel and bloody feeling
Tu m'hai destata in petto!	You have awoken in me!
È troppo, è troppo orribile	Horrible, too horrible
Questo fatal sospetto!		Is this dreaded doubt!
Mi fa gelare e fremere...	It turns my heart cold and anxious...
Mi drizza in fronte il crin.	It raises my hair.
Colma di tanto obbrobrio	Shame, shame on you,
Chi suora mia nascea! -		my sister! -
Pria che d' amor sì perfido	Rather than discover you guilty
A me svelarti rea,		of such a wicked love,
Se ti colpisse un fulmine,	To see you struck down by lightening
Fora men rio destin.		would be the lesser of two evils.

Translation by Guia Monti (
Sheet Music/Scores:
Anthology of Italian Opera - Baritone. Published by Ricordi. Available at and
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