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Tu che di gel sei cinta

Aria: Tu che di gel sei cinta

An aria from Turandot from act 3, scene 1 by Giacomo Puccini. The words were written by Puccini himself. Waiting for librettists Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni to deliver the next part of the libretto, he wrote the words, and when they read them they decided that they could not do better.

A live performance by Pradichaya Poonyarit

Tu che di gel sei cinta

Tu che di gel sei cinta
da tanta fiamma vinta
l'amerai anche tu!
L'amerai anche tu!
Prima di quest'aurora
io chiudo stanca gli occhi
perché egli vinca ancora...
egli vinca ancora...
per non
per non vederlo piu!
Prima di quest'aurora
di quest'aurora
io chiudo stanca gli occhi
per non vederlo piu!

-Turandot- G. Puccini

You who are covered with frost
Vanquished by so many flames
You too will love him!
You too will love him!
Before this dawn
I close my eyes, tired
So he wins once more
Wins once more...
So I don't
So I don't see him anymore
Before this dawn
This dawn
I close my eyes, tired
So I don't see him anymore

Translation by AthenaOpera

Tu che di gel sei cinta

"TURANDOT Chi pose tanta forza nel tuo cuore?
LIÙ Principessa, l'amore!
TURANDOT L'amore?

Turandot demands that Ping tear the Prince's name from Liù, and he orders her to be tortured. Liù counters Turandot:

You who are enclosed by ice,
vanquished by such fire,
you will love him, too!

Having spoken, Liù seizes a dagger from a soldier's belt and stabs herself.

Though only 8 lines long, the aria marks a keystone of act 3 and, in its contrast between Liù and Turandot, of the opera as a whole.

In the following moments, the blind Timur tries to wake Liù, saying it is dawn (Liù, Liù, sorgi, sorgi). When told she is dead, he cries out in anguish that her offended spirit will take revenge, and Liù's cortège moves off, with Timur vowing to accompany her into "the night which knows no dawn".

In their work on Turandot, Ashbrook and Powers suggest that Puccini's failure to complete the opera much beyond this point resulted mainly from inadequate dramatic buildup for Turandot's last-minute change of heart combined with an overly successful treatment of the secondary character (i.e. Liù)."

Source: Wikipedia
Turandot