Turandot - The Italian libretto of Turandot is copyright 1926 by G. Ricordi & Co. The inclusion of the text of the aria - a long accompanied solo song in an opera - "Nessun dorma" is a quotation for the purpose of illustration and commentary, as permitted by the fair use doctrine of U.S. copyright law.
At the end of the 18th century Mozart perfected Opera Buffa. In the early 19th century the influence of Romanticism gave rise to the works of Weber and Meyerbeer, while the Italian Bel Canto tradition was maintained by Bellini, Rossini, and Donizetti. In the mid-19th century the musical and dramatic elements of opera were combined by Wagner in his opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (1869–76) and his subsequent operas. Verdi extended the emotional and dramatic range of Italian opera. The realism of Bizet’s Carmen (1875) influenced Leoncavallo, Mascagni, and Puccini. In the 20th century a wide variety of operatic styles have flourished, including the dramatic realism of Janácek and the neoclassicism of Stravinsky.
Listen to Puccini - Puccini's Operatic Nessun Dorma - Turandot - Carreras - Italian
- Translation - No One Sleeps
The Prince Sings
Nessun dorma, nessun dorma ...
Tu pure, o Principessa,
Nella tua fredda stanza,
Guardi le stelle
Che tremano d'amore
E di speranza.
No one sleeps, no one sleeps...
Even you, o Princess,
In your cold room,
Watch the stars,
That tremble with love
And with hope.
Ma il mio mistero è chiuso in me,
Il nome mio nessun saprà, no, no,
Sulla tua bocca lo dirò
Quando la luce splenderà,
Ed il mio bacio scioglierà il silenzio
Che ti fa mia.
But my secret is hidden within me;
My name no one shall know, no, no,
On your mouth I will speak it
When the light shines,
And my kiss will dissolve the silence
That makes you mine.
Il nome suo nessun saprà
E noi dovrem, ahimè, morir.
No one will know his name
And we must, alas, die.
Dilegua, o notte!
All'alba vincerò! vincerò! vincerò!
Vanish, o night!
At daybreak, I shall conquer! Conquer!
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