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"Sempre Libera" Lyrics and Text Translation

Violetta's Aria from Verdi's La Traviata

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Giuseppe Verdi
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Finishing Act I in Verdi's beloved opera, La Traviata, is Violetta's aria, "Sempre Libera." Though there are many great singers of this role, here's a YouTube video of Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon singing this famous aria. Follow along (or sing if you want to) using the Italian lyrics and English translation below!

Italian Text
[Violetta:]
Sempre libera degg´io
folleggiare di gioia in gioia,
vo´che scorra il viver mio
pei sentieri del piacer.
Nasca il giorno, o il giorno muoia,
sempre lieta ne´ ritrovi,
a diletti sempre nuovi
dee volare il mio pensier

[Alfredo:]
Amor è palpito dell´universo intero,
misterioso, altero,
croce e delizia al cor.

[Violetta:]
Oh! Oh! Amore!
Follie! Gioir!

English Translation
[Violetta:]
Free and aimless I frolic
From joy to joy,
Flowing along the surface
of life's path as I please.
As the day is born,
Or as the day dies,
Happily I turn to the new delights
That make my spirit soar.

[Alfredo:]
Love is a heartbeat throughout the universe,
mysterious, altering,
the torment and delight of my heart.

[Violetta:]
Oh! Oh! Love!
Madness! Euphoria!

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