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Amarilli, mia bella

Amarilli, mia bella is a madrigale composed by Giulio Caccini (ca. 1545-1618).



Original Lyrics:


(As presented in 26 Italian Songs and Arias, Medium High Voice, by John Glenn Paton, editor and 26 Italian Songs and Arias, Medium Low Voice, by John Glenn Paton, editor.)


Amarilli, mia bella,

Non credi, o del mio cor dolce desio,

D’esser tu l’amor mio?

Credilo pur, e se timor t’assale,

Prendi questo mio strale,

Aprimi il petto e vedrai scritto il core:

Amarilli, Amarilli, Amarilli e il mio amore,
Amarilli e il mio amore.



Commonly-Used Lyrics:


Amarilli, mia bella

Non credi, o del mio cor dolce desio,

D’esser tu l’amor mio?

Credilo pur, e se timor t’assale,

dubitar non ti vale

Aprimi il petto e vedrai scritto in core:

Amarilli, Amarilli, Amarailli è il mio amore.




Pronunciation Guide

This lyric pronunciation guide is courtesy of Charles Platten.




Voice Type


I have found examples of Amarilli, mia bella sung beautifully by a wide variety of voice types. Performance examples below include versions sung by SOPRANO, MEZZO-SOPRANO, COUNTERTENOR, TENOR, and BARITONE.


Performance Examples


Below, MEZZO-SOPRANO Cecilia Bartoli sings Amarilli, mia bella. Cecilia Bartoli is a professional singer, and the video has high-quality sound and visuals.




Below, MEZZO-SOPRANO Joyce DiDonato sings Amarilli, mia bella. Joyce DiDonato is a professional singer, and the video has high-quality sound and visuals.




Below, COUNTERTENOR Philippe Jaroussky sings Amarilli. Philippe Jaroussky is a professional singer, and the video has high-quality sound and visuals.




Below, Italian TENOR Beniamino Gigli sings Giulio Caccini’s Amarilli. Beniamino Gigli was a famous tenor with an amazing voice. The video has sound appropriate to era in which it was recorded.




Below, Chanson du Soir (Chelsea Camille, soprano and David Isaacs, classical guitar) perform “Amarilli”. This is a lovely version of this song, performed by a SOPRANO using the original lyrics. The video has good quality sound and visuals.




Below, Italian BARITONE Giuseppe De Luca sings Amarilli. Giuseppe De Luca was a famous opera singer who enjoyed much success at the New York Metropolitan Opera (the MET). In the world premieres of two Puccini operas, he created the roles of Sharpless in Madama Butterfly (at La Scala, Milan, 1904) and the title role in Gianni Schicchi (Metropolitan Opera, 1918).




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