Entertainment Music “Qui la voce sua soave” Lyrics and Text Translation Elvira’s Aria from Bellini’s Opera, I puritans Share PINTEREST Email Print Beverly Sills as Elvira in Bellini’s Opera, I puritani, performed at the San Francisco Opera House. Ron Scherl/Redferns 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 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. our editorial process Aaron Green Updated March 15, 2017 At the end of Act 1 of Bellini’s opera, I puritani, Elvira witnessed her fiancé, Arturo, run away with another woman. Overwhelmed with grief and betrayal, she fell into madness. In the following act, her uncle Giorgio describes her condition to the people of the castle who lament her fate. When they leave, she enters the room speaks with her uncle, unintentionally interrupting his conversation with Riccardo (the man to whom she was originally betrothed). Their voices remind her of Arturo and she sings this song in despair. More Aria Translations “Casta Diva” Lyrics from Bellini’s Opera, Norma“Il dolce suono” Lyrics from Donizetti's Opera, Lucia di Lammermoor“Lascia ch'io pianga" Lyrics from Handel's Opera, Rinaldo Italian Lyrics Qui la voce sua soavemi chiamava...e poi sparì.Qui giurava esser fedele,qui il giurava,E poi crudele, mi fuggì!Ah, mai più qui assorti insiemenella gioia dei sospir.Ah, rendetemi la speme,o lasciate, lasciatemi morir. Vien, diletto, è in ciel la luna!Tutto tace intorno intorno;finchè spunti in cielo il giorno,vien, ti posa sul mio cor!Deh!, t'affretta, o Arturo mio,riedi, o caro, alla tua Elvira:essa piange e ti sospira,vien, o caro, all'amore, ecc. English Translation It was here his soft voicecalled me… and then disappeared.He swore to me he’d be faithfulthis he vowed.And then cruelly he ran away!Ah, we are no longer togetherin the joy of our sighs.Ah, return to me my hopeor let me die. Come my beloved, the moon is in the sky!All is quite around us;until dawn when the sun rises,come and rest upon my heart!Hurry! Make haste my Arturo,return to me, dear, it’s your Elvira:she weeps and longs for you,come my dear, my love, etc.