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from Act I, Scene 1 of the Italian opera L'Elisir d'Amore by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto: Felice Romani

Role: Belcore, the Sergeant of the village garrison
Voice Part: baritone       Fach: lyric baritone
Setting: The lawn of Adina's farm in an Italian village, 19th century
Synopsis: Belcore enters, salutes her, and presents her with a bouquet of flowers. He then proceeds to propose to her. Believing that she is responding favorably, he explains it by singing that it is no wonder, since he is a sergeant and women like a military man.
Range: Tessitura:
A#/Bb2 - E4C3 - D4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Ann Feeney (added 1999-06-02)
Come Paride vezzoso, Belcore's aria from L'Elisir d'Amore

Come Paride vezzoso 		As charming Paris 
porse il pomo alla più bella, 	gave the apple to the most beautiful,
mia diletta villanella, 	my darling rustic girl,
io ti porgo questi fior. 	I give you this flower.
Ma di lui più glorioso, 	But more glorious than he,
più di lui felice io sono, 	I am happier than he,
poiché in premio del mio dono 	because as a reward for my gift
ne riporto il tuo bel cor. 	I carry off your lovely heart.
Veggo chiaro in quel visino 	I see clearly in that little face
ch'io fo breccia nel tuo petto.	that I've reduced you to smithereens. 
Non è cosa sorprendente; 	It's not anything surprising,
son galante, son sergente; 	I am gallant, I'm a sergeant;
non v'ha bella che resista 	there is no beauty who can resist
alla vista d'un cimiero; 	the sight of military uniform;
cede a Marte iddio guerriero, 	to Mars, the god of war,
fin la madre dell'amor.		even the mother of love yielded.

Translation by Ann Feeney (
MIDI version by Giovanni Borello. Notes: extended version
Sheet Music/Scores:
Anthology of Italian Opera - Baritone. Published by Ricordi. Available at and
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