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

Role: Calaf, the "Unknown Prince", son of Timur
Voice Part: tenor       Fach: dramatic tenor/heldentenor
Setting: The streets of Peking
Synopsis: After Liú begs him tearfully not to risk his life by playing a deadly game to win the Princess Turandot, Calaf responds to her gently, asking her not to weep.
Range: Tessitura:
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Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Gabriel Huaroc (added 1998-07-22)
Non piangere, Liù, Calaf's aria from Turandot

Non piangere, Liù		Don't cry, Liù,
se in un lontano giorno		If in a faraway day
io t'ho sorriso			I have smiled to you
per quel sorriso,		For that smile,
dolce mia fanciulla		my sweet girl,
m'ascolta:			Listen to me:
il tuo signore			The lord of yours
sarà, domani,			will be, tomorrow
forse, solo al mondo		maybe, alone in the world.
Non lo lasciar...		Don't leave him...
portalo via con te		carry him with you.
Dell'esilio,			Of exile,
addolciscia lui le strade	you sweeten for him, the road.
Questo...questo,		This... this...
o mia povera Liù,		oh my poor Liù
al tuo piccolo cuore		to your little heart
che non cade			that doesn't faint:
chiede colui			pray for the one
che non sorride più.		that doesn't smile anymore!

Translation by Gabriel Huaroc (

Sheet Music/Scores:
Celebri Arie di Opere - Volume 4. Published by Ricordi. Available at
Franco Corelli - Voices of the Opera Series. Published by Ricordi. Available at and
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