Una voce poco fa (Maria Callas)

Maria Callas sings Una voce poco fa

Paris 1958. The one and only Maria Callas effortlessly sings the legitimate aria, ‘Una voce poco fa’ of Gioachino Rossini’s opera buffa in two acts, “The Barber of Seville”. Enjoy.

Rossini’s Barber has proven to be one of the greatest masterpieces of comedy within music, and has been described as the opera buffa of all “opere buffe”. Even after two hundred years, its popularity on the modern opera stage attests to that greatness.

Lyrics

Una voce poco fa, Rosina’s aria from Il barbiere di Siviglia:

Una voce poco fa

Una voce poco fa
qui nel cor mi risuonò;
il mio cor ferito è già,
e Lindor fu che il piagò.

Sì, Lindoro mio sarà;
lo giurai, la vincerò. (bis)

Il tutor ricuserà,
io l’ingegno aguzzerò.
Alla fin s’accheterà
e contenta io resterò.

Sì, Lindoro mio sarà;
lo giurai, la vincerò.
Sì, Lindoro mio sarà;
lo giurai, sì.

~ ~ ~

Io sono docile, son rispettosa,
sono obbediente, dolce, amorosa;
mi lascio reggere, mi lascio reggere,
mi fo guidar, mi fo guidar.

Ma,
ma se mi toccano
dov’è il mio debole
sarò una vipera, sarò
e cento trappole
prima di cedere
farò giocar, giocar.

E cento trappole
prima di cedere
farò giocar, farò giocar. (bis)

(Si ripete da: Io sono docile…)

A voice has just

A voice has just
echoed here into my heart
my heart is already wounded
and it was Lindoro who shot.

Yes, Lindoro will be mine
I’ve swore it, I’ll win. (bis)

The tutor will refuse,
I’ll sharpen my mind
finally he’ll accept,
and happy I’ll rest.

Yes, Lindoro will be mine
I’ve swore it, I’ll win.
Yes, Lindoro will be mine
I’ve swore it, yes.

~ ~ ~

I’m gentle, respectful
I’m obedient, sweet, loving
I let be ruled, I let be ruled,
I let be guided, I let be guided.

But,
but if they touch
where my weak spot is
I’ll be a viper
and a hundred traps
before giving up
I’ll make them fall.

And a hundred traps
before giving up
I’ll make them fall. (bis)

A voice a while back (Version #2)

A voice a while back
echoes here in my heart;
already my heart has been pierced
and Lindoro inflicted the wound.

Yes, Lindoro shall be mine;
I swear it, I will win. (bis)

My guardian will refuse me;
I shall sharpen all my wits.
In the end he will be calmed
and I shall rest content…

Yes, Lindoro shall be mine;
I swear it, I will win.
Yes, Lindoro shall be mine;
I swear it, yes.

~ ~ ~

I am docile, I’m respectful,
I’m obedient, gentle, loving;
I let myself be ruled, I let myself be ruled,
I let myself be guided, I let myself be guided.

But,
but if they touch me
on my weak spot,
I’ll be a viper
and a hundred tricks
I’ll play before I yield.

And a hundred tricks
I’ll play before I yield.

(it repeats from: I am docile…)

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