"Deserto è il luogo . . . Stolto! a un sol mio grido," scene and duet for Romeo (mezzo-soprano) and Tebaldo (tenor) from Bellini's opera I Capuleti ed i Montecchi (The Capulets and the Montagues). In Bellini's opera, which is based on the same story as Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Tybalt (Tebaldo) is Juliet's unwelcome suitor in place of Paris.

Thanks to Sonya Taaffe for helping me figure out a confusing sentence. Any remaining mistakes are entirely mine.



ROMEOROMEO
Deserto è il luogo. The place is deserted.
Di Lorenzo in traccia irne poss'io. I can go in search of Laurence.
Crudel Lorenzo! Cruel Laurence!
Anch'esso m'oblia nella sventura, Even he forgets me in my misfortune,
e congiurato col mio destin tiranno, and, joined with my cruel destiny,
m'abbandona a me solo in tanto affanno. he abandons me to myself alone in such grief.
Vadasi. Alcun s'appressa . . . I shall go. Someone is approaching . . .
Crudel inciampo!Cruel encounter!
  
TEBALDOTYBALT
Chi sei tu, che ardisci Who are you, who dare
aggirarti furtivo in queste mura? to go about furtively within these walls?
Non odi tu?Don't you hear?
  
ROMEOROMEO
Non t'appressare. Do not approach.
Funesto il conoscermi fura.It would be fatal to recognize me.
  
TEBALDOTYBALT
Io ti conosco all'audace parlar, I recognize you by your insolent speech,
all'ira estrema che in me tu desti.by the great anger you awaken in me.
  
ROMEOROMEO
Ebben mi guarda, e trema.Very well -- look at me, and tremble.
  
TEBALDOTYBALT
Stolto! a un sol mio grido Fool! At a single shout of mine,
mille a punirti avrei.I would have a thousand men to punish you.
Ma vittima tu sei But you are a victim
serbata a questo acciar.reserved to this sword.
  
ROMEOROMEO
Vieni: io ti sprezzo, e sfido Come: I scorn you, and I defy
teco i seguaci tuoi.your followers with you.
Tu bramerai fra noi You will wish that between us
l'alpi frapposte e il mar.the Alps and the sea were placed.
  
TEBALDOTYBALT
Un Nume avverso, un Fato, A hostile Divinity, a Fate,
che la ragion ti toglie . . .which deprives you of your reason . . .
ROMEOROMEO
All'armi!To arms!
  
ROMEOROMEO
T'ha spinto in queste soglie Has urged you across this threshold
la morte ad incontrar.to meet death.
TEBALDOTYBALT
All'armi!To arms!
  
ROMEO, TEBALDOROMEO, TYBALT
Un Nume avverso, un Fato A hostile Divinity, a Fate
t'ha spinto in queste soglie has urged you across this threshold
la morte ad incontrar. All'armi!to meet death. To arms!
  
 [They are about to fight.]
  
TEBALDOTYBALT
Arresta.Hold.
  
ROMEOROMEO
Qual mesto suon echeggia?What mournful sound is echoing?
  
CHORUS CHORUS (behind the scenes)
Ahi sventurata!Alas, unfortunate girl!
  
ROMEOROMEO
Quai voci! Oh Dio!What voices! O God!
TEBALDOTYBALT
Presentimento orribile!Horrible foreboding!
  
 [A funeral procession appears and proceeds along the gallery.]
  
CHORUSCHORUS
Pace alla tua bell'anima Peace to your fair soul
dopo contanti affani!after so many sorrows!
ROMEOROMEO
Ah! Che sento!Ah! What do I hear?
TEBALDO TYBALT
Oh Dio!O God!
  
CHORUSCHORUS
Vivi, se non fra gli uomini, You live, if not among men,
vivi, o Giulietta, in ciel.you live, o Juliet, in heaven.
ROMEO ROMEO (crying out)
Giulietta!Juliet!
  
CHORUSCHORUS
Vivi, o Giulietta, in ciel, You live, o Juliet, in heaven.
ah! sventurata!Ah, unfortunate girl!
TEBALDOTYBALT
Spenta!Dead!
ROMEOROMEO
Ah barbaro! Ah, cruel! [Romeo is weeping.]
Oh mia Giulietta! io t'ho perduta!O my Juliet! I have lost you!
  
 [Tybalt and Romeo remain motionless for a few moments. Romeo recovers first and, dropping his sword, he throws himself to his knees before Tybalt in desperation.]
  
ROMEOROMEO
Ella è morta, o sciagurato; She is dead, wretched man;
per te morta di dolore.dead of grief through you.
Ah! paga alfine è del tuo core Ah! satisfied at last is your heart's
l'ostinata crudeltà.persistent cruelty.
  
TEBALDOTYBALT
Ah! di te più disperato, Ah! I am more desperate than you,
più di te son io trafitto . . .I am more stricken than you . . .
ah l'amor mio come un delitto Ah, with my love, like a crime,
rinfacciando il cor mi va.my heart is reproaching me.
  
ROMEOROMEO
Per te morta di dolore.She is dead of grief through you.
  
TEBALDOTYBALT
Son di te più disperato . . .I am more desperate than you . . .
  
ROMEOROMEO
Sei pago alfin.You are satisfied at last.
  
TEBALDOTYBALT
Ah! l'amor mio Ah, with my love
rinfacciando il cor mi va.my heart is reproaching me.
  
ROMEOROMEO
Svena, ah! svena un disperato . . . Slay, ah, slay a desperate man . . .
a' tuoi colpi il sen presento . . .I offer my breast to your blows . . .
sommo bene in tal momento The highest good at such a moment
ah! il morir per me sarà.for me will be to die.
  
TEBALDOTYBALT
Vivi, ah! vivi, o sventurato, Live, ah, live, wretched man,
tu che almen non hai rimorso,you who at least do not have remorse;
ah! se i miei dì non tronchi, ah, if you do not cut short my life,
ah! il dolor m'ucciderà.grief will kill me.
  
TEBALDOTYBALT
Ah taci.Ah, be silent.
  
ROMEOROMEO
È morta.She is dead.
  
TEBALDOTYBALT
Pietà!Have pity!
  
ROMEOROMEO
È morta.She is dead.
  
TEBALDOTYBALT
Ah! l'amor mio Ah! With my love
rinfacciando il cor mi va.my heart is reproaching me.
  
ROMEOROMEO
Sei pago alfin.You are satisfied at last.
  
TEBALDOTYBALT
Ah! cessa.Ah! Stop.
  
ROMEOROMEO
Svena, ah! svena un disperato . . . Slay, ah, slay a desperate man . . .
a' tuoi colpi il sen presento . . .I offer my breast to your blows . . .
sommo bene in tal momento The highest good at such a moment
ah! il morir per me sarà.for me will be to die.
TEBALDOTYBALT
Vivi, ah! vivi, o sventurato, Live, ah, live, wretched man,
tu che almen non hai rimorso,you who at least do not have remorse;
ah! se i miei dì non tronchi, ah, if you do not cut short my life,
ah! il dolor m'ucciderà.grief will kill me.

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