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Tu Vu F l'Americano......................Renato Carosone, Nicola Salerno 1956
"You want to act like an American? But you were born in Italy!"

Dicitencello Vuje.................................Rodolfo Falvo, lyrics Enzo Fusco 1930
"Tell her I love her. No wait, it is you whom I love so profoundly."

La Donna E Mobile...................................Giuseppe Verdi ("Rigoletto") 1851
"Woman's feelings & thoughts are fickle. Miserable is he who trusts in her."

Recondita Armonia.....................................Giacomo Puccini ("Tosca") 1900
"Mysterious harmony of art, blending Tosca my love and Mary Magdelene."

Madamina
........Wolfgang Mozart, Lorenzo Da Ponte ("Don Giovanni") 1787
"Here is a list of the thousands of women my master has seduced."

Deh Vieni Alla Finestra......WA Mozart, L Da Ponte ("Don Giovanni") 1787
"Come to the window, that I may see you beauty (and seduce you)."

Dalla Sua Pace....................WA Mozart, L Da Ponte ("Don Giovanni") 1787
"If she is happy, I am happy, if she suffers, I suffer."

Il Mio Tesoro.......................WA Mozart, L Da Ponte ("Don Giovanni") 1787
"Wipe the tear from her lovely eye, while I go murder that vile creep."

'O Marenariello...................Salvatore Gambardella, Gennaro Ottaviano 1893
"This fisherman loves you. By the sea, we will make love."

A Vuchella..............................Paolo Tosti, Gabriele D'Annunzio 1907, 1892
       "Your mouth is like a little flower; give me a little kiss..."

Na Sera E Maggio................................... Gigi Pisano, Giuseppe Cioffi 1937
 "That night in May, you swore to be true. Now you have forgotten me."

Io Te Voglio Bene Assaje........................................... Raffaele Sacco 1839
"When you see me, you ruffle like a cat: what I did do, that you hate me?"

Luna Mezzo Mare.........................................................Paolo Citorello 1927
"Mama, I want to get married. OK daughter, who shall I get you?"

La Spagnola............................................................Vincenzo Di Chiara 1906
   "The Spanish girl is beautiful, the queen of love, star of splendor."

O Sole Mio..........Eduardo di Capua, Giovanni Capurro, A. Mazzucchi 1898
 "How beautiful, a day after rain, the air is so fresh."
          
Torna A Surriento..................Ernesto De Curtis, Giambattista De Curtis 1902
See the beautful ocean? Come back to Sorrento: make me live!"

Una Furtiva Lagrima..................Gaetano Donizetti ("L'Elisir d'Amore") 1832
"A tiny tear in her eye: the potion works! It means she loves me!"

I Te Vurria Vasa ....Eduardo di Capua, A. Mazzucchi, Vincenzo Russo 1900
   "I want to kiss you, but I'll settle for lying down next to you..."

Questo e Amore........................................Harry Warren, Jack Brooks.1953
"When the moon hits your eye like abig pizza pie, that's amore."

Con Te Partiro .......................Franscesco Sartori, Lucio Quarantotto  1995
"With you I will go, to places that have never existed, with you I go."

Adda Turna..............Luigi Tortorella, No Frascaro, Antonio De Paolis 1961
 "Like the smoke from Vesuvius returning, my memories come back..."

Caro Mio Ben.........................................................Tommaso Giordani 1783
 "Beloved, believe me, without you, I languish. Soften your hard heart."

Tu Ca Nun Chiagne.......................... Ernesto De Curtis,  Libero Bovio 1915
  "You who do not cry, you make me cry. Where are you tonight?"

Santa Lucia........................................A. Longo 1825, Teodoro Cottrau 1849
"Come into my boat: the star glistens on the sea, the breeze is gentle."

La Mattinata........................................................Ruggero Leoncavallo  1904
"Dawn arises in its white gown. You, please, arise out of bed too!"

Libiamo....................................................Giuseppe Verdi ("La Traviata") 1852
"Let's drink, sing, and make love all night long!"

Nessun Dorma........................................Giacomo Puccini ("Turnadot") 1924
"No one sleeps, as they try to guess my name, but at dawn, I win you!"

Volare ....................................................................Domenico Modugno 1958
"I dreamt of flying, painted blue in the blue sky, your blue eyes too"

Senza Nisciuno.................................Ernesto De Curtis, Antonio Barbieri 1915
  "Alas.  What terrible misfortune. I am all alone, without anyone."

Funiculi, Funiculi........................................Luigi Denza, Peppino Turco 1880
"I went to the top of Mt. Vesuvius in the new cable car (funicular),
where your teasing wiles and burning glances cannot harm me..."

Ciuri, Ciuri.......................................................Francesco Paolo Frontini 1883
"Flowers, beautiful flowers are blooming all year..."

Chella 'lla........................................Sandro Taccani and Umberto Bertini 1956
"That woman! ...telling everyone she wants to leave me, but I'm glad!"

Bella Siccome Un Angelo...............Gaetano Donizetti ("Don Pasquale") 1843
"She is beautiful like an angel, walking up on this earth. Fresh, like a lily."

Sinfonia Perfetta........................Ed Sheeran, translation Andrea Bocelli 2018
"Dancing with you in the dark, I quietly whisper 'you are perfect to me.' "

Abballati, Abballati...................................................Traditional Sicilian, anon.
"Dance, dance, single and married, women and men."

Non Piu Andrai........................Wolfgang Mozart ("Nozze di Figaro") 1786
"You won't need those fancy clothes anymore kid: you're off to the army!"

Voi Che Sapete........................Wolfgang Mozart ("Nozze di Figaro") 1786
"You who know, woman, please tell me if you see love in my heart."

Ombra Mai Fu..................................................George Handel ("Serse") 1738
"Beloved shade tree, symbol of the Eternal, so dear.."

Guarda Che Luna.....................................Walter Malgoni, Bruno Pallesi 1959
"Look at that moon, look at that sea, alone, without you, I love too much."

Un Bacio a Mezzanotte.................Gorni Kramer, Garinei & Giovannini  1952
"Don't you trust a midnight kiss: that moon will make you fall in love."

O Sarracino........................................Renato Carosone, Nicola Salerno  1956
"Handsome devil, that Saracen: all the girls fall in love with him."

M'Appari.............................................Friedrich Flotow, Friedrich Riese  1847
"She appeared to me, purest of love, but then she left."

Buonasera.....................................................Carl Sigman, Peter de Rose 1957
"Good evening young lady, so beautiful it is in Naples, by the sea."

Fa Una Canzona.................................................................Orazio Vecchi 1580
"Compose me a pleasing song with no extra sharps or flats, nor dissonances."

Bella Ciao (partisan version).............................................anon. 19thc., 20th c.
" If I die fighting for freedom, bury me on the mountain, under a flower."