Entertainment Music "Donde Lieta Usci" Lyrics and Text Translation Share PINTEREST Email Print John Snelling / Getty Images Music Classical Music Lyrics Basics Operas Rock Music Pop Music Alternative Music Country Music Folk Music Rap & Hip Hop Rhythm & Blues World Music Punk Music Heavy Metal Jazz Latin Music Oldies Learn More By Aaron Green Aaron Green Music Expert B.A., Classical Music and Opera, Westminster Choir College of Rider University Aaron M. Green is an expert on classical music and music history, with more than 10 years of both solo and ensemble performance experience. Learn about our Editorial Process Updated on 04/05/19 Puccini's famed opera "La Boheme" tells the story of a group of misfit bohemians in Paris during the mid 19th century. In the aria "Donde Lieta Usci," lovers Mimi and Rodolfo agree to part because he fears he is too poor to care for her in her ill health. History of "La Boheme" This now-classic opera was not an immediate hit on its 1896 premiere, partly due to its unconventional subject matter: its plot was an indictment of living conditions among Paris' less affluent communities, but also a celebration of its artists. With a libretto loosely based on Henri Murger's "Scenes de la vie de la Boheme," Puccini's opera premiered in Turin in 1896. "La Boheme" has been reinterpreted and adapted several times. It was the basis for Jonathan Larson's 1996 musical "Rent," which moved the characters and setting to 20th-century New York City but kept the themes of financial struggle among the artistic class. Overview of "La Boheme" Rodolfo, a playwright, falls in love with his neighbor Mimi, who is suffering from tuberculosis. Rodolfo's friend Marcello, a painter, is trying to win back his ex-girlfriend Musetta; other main characters include Colline, a philosopher, and Schaunard, a musician. In the opening scene, Marcello and Rodolfo are burning a copy of Rodolfo's manuscript to keep warm, and are trying to figure out how to raise enough money to pay the rent (or avoid the landlord). The "La Boheme" Aria "Donde Lieta Usci" In Act 3 of "La Boheme," Mimi learns the true reason why Rodolfo has been acting very irritable towards her. Her persistent cough and his dire financial straits have convinced Rodolfo that she would be better off without him. The two lovers agree that it would be best for them to separate once the warmer months of spring arrive. In this aria, Mimi bids Rodolfo a fond but tearful farewell. Sadly, Mimi eventually succumbs to her tuberculosis and dies in Rodolfo's arms. But before that sad ending, they sing of their love for each other Italian Lyrics Donde lieta uscìal tuo grido d'amore,torna sola Mimial solitario nido.Ritorna un'altra voltaa intesser finti fior.Addio, senza rancor.Ascolta, ascolta.Le poche robe adunache lasciai sparse.Nel mio cassettostan chiusi quel cerchietto d'ore il libro di preghiere.Involgi tutto quanto in un grembialee manderò il portiere...Bada, sotto il guancialec'è la cuffietta rosa.Se vuoi serbarla a ricordo d'amor!Addio, senza rancor. English Translation Once happily leavingto your cry of love,Mimi returns onlyto the solitary nest.I return againto make flowers and bouquets.Goodbye, no hard feelings.Listen, listen.The few things I’ve accumulatedI’ve left behind.In my draweris a small band of goldand the prayer book.Wrap them in an apronand I will send the concierge…Look, under the pillowthere is a pink bonnet.If you want to keep it in memory of our love, you may.Goodbye, no hard feelings.