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Un dì, felice, eterea is a duet from the first act of Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was an Italian Romantic composer, mainly of opera. He was one of the most influential composers of the 19th century...

's opera La Traviata
La traviata
La traviata is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. It is based on La dame aux Camélias , a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils. The title La traviata means literally The Fallen Woman, or perhaps more figuratively, The Woman...

. It is sung by the male and female protagonists of the opera, Alfredo (a tenor
Tenor
The tenor is a type of male singing voice and is the highest male voice within the modal register. The typical tenor voice lies between C3, the C one octave below middle C, to the A above middle C in choral music, and up to high C in solo work. The low extreme for tenors is roughly B2...

) and Violetta (a soprano
Soprano
A soprano is a voice type with a vocal range from approximately middle C to "high A" in choral music, or to "soprano C" or higher in operatic music. In four-part chorale style harmony, the soprano takes the highest part, which usually encompasses the melody...

). The main melody of the duet, which is very famous in its own right, is also an important musical theme throughout the opera. It is also notable for being one of the songs heard in Pretty Woman
Pretty Woman
Pretty Woman is a 1990 romantic comedy film set in Los Angeles, California. Written by J.F. Lawton and directed by Garry Marshall, this motion picture features Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, and also Hector Elizondo, Ralph Bellamy, and Jason Alexander in supporting roles. Roberts played the only...

.

Libretto

Alfredo:

Un dì, felice, eterea,

Mi balenaste innante,

E da quel dì tremante

Vissi d'ignoto amor.

Di quell'amor ch'è palpito

Dell'universo, Dell'universo intero,

Misterioso, altero,

Croce e delizia cor.

Misterioso, Misterioso altero,

Croce e delizia al cor.
Violetta:

Ah, se ciò è ver, fuggitemi,

Solo amistade io v'offro:

Amar non so, nè soffro

Un così eroico amor.

Io sono franca, ingenua;

Altra cercar dovete;

Non arduo troverete

Dimenticarmi allor.
Alfredo:

One day, you, happy, ethereal,

appeared in front of me,

and ever since,trembling,

I lived from unknowed love.

That love that's the

pulse of the universe, of the whole universe,

Mysterious, proud,

torture and delight to the heart.

Mysterious, mysterious and proud,

torture and delight to the heart.
Violetta:

Love, I fear, can never be,

Friendship is all I can offer.

Since love is pain and torment,

I avoid that strange emotion.

Pleasure is all I ask of life,

Freedom and joy forever!

So you must soon forget me

And find another love.