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Zerlina's aria from Don Giovanni

Come to think of it… what is this girl singing about?

This is Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and more precisely Zerlina’s aria Batti, batti o bel Masetto. The above photo, by the way, comes from the 2006 production by the Greek National Opera. If you don’t understand Italian, here’s the English translation:

 

Beat, beat oh beautiful Masetto
your poor Zerlina.
I’ll wait as meek as a lamb
waiting for your blows.
I’ll let you tear my hair out,
I’ll let you put out my eyes,
and your dear little hands
I will gladly kiss.
Ah, I see you have no heart!
Peace, peace oh my love.
In happiness and joy
let us pass our nights and days.

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