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from Act II, Scene 2 of the Italian opera La Cenerentola by Gioacchino Rossini
Libretto: Jacopo Ferretti

Role: Angelina (Cenerentola), Don Magnifico's step-daughter
Voice Part: contralto       Fach: lyric mezzo
Setting: The mansion of Don Magnifico
Synopsis: Cenerentola has returned from the Prince's ball and is now back to her usual place tending the fire. She sings of a king who looked everywhere for a wife and at last found her in a simple girl like herself.
Range: Tessitura:
C4 - D5D4 - D5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Katharina Fink (added 1999-01-18)
Una volta c'era un re, Cenerentola's aria from La Cenerentola

Una volta c'era un re,		Once upon a time there was a king
Che a star solo,		Who was alone,
Che a star solo s'annoiò;	Who was bored of being alone:
Cerca, cerca, ritrovò :		So he searched and searched and found
Ma il volean sposare in tre, 	But all three wanted to marry him, 
	cosa ta?			so what does he do?
Sprezzò il fastom e la beltà,	He scorns pomp and beauty,
E all fin sceglie per sè	And in the end, he chose for himself
L'innocenza, e la bontà		Innocence and virtue
Là là là là...

Translation by Katharina Fink (
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