Signore Ascolta

Signore Ascolta from Turandot – Puccini

Signore, ascolta!             Lord, hear!
Ah, signore, acolta!          Ah, sir, listen!
Liù non regge più!            Liù will bear no more!
Si spezza il cuore! Ahimè,    Her heart is breaking ! Ah !
quanto cammino                What a long road I have travelled
col tuo nome nell'anima       with your name in my soul
col nome tuo sull'labbra      with your name on my lips
Ma se il tuo destino,         But if your fate
doman, sarà deciso,           will be decided tomorrow,
noi morrem sulla strada       we will die on the path
dell'esilio.                  of exile!
Ei perderà suo figlio...      He will lose his son …
io l'ombra d'un sorriso!      I, the trace of a smile.
Liù non regge più!            Liù will bear it no more!
Ah pietà!                     Ah, have pity ![1]

Rosalind O’Dowd(me) singing in ‘concert’ setting


Rosalind O’Dowd (me) singing in a workshop at Trinity Laban college


Barbara Frittoli in a staged version


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[1] Robert L Larsen, ed., Arias for Soprano (G Shirmer Inc. New York, 1991)


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