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"Libiamo ne' lieti calici" (Italian pronunciation:  [liˈbjaːmo nɛ ˈljɛːti ˈkaːlitʃi] ; "Let's drink from the joyful cups") is a famous duet with chorus from Verdi's La traviata , one of the best-known opera melodies and a popular performance choice (as is this opera itself) for many great tenors. The song is a brindisi, a lively song that encourages the drinking of wine or other alcoholic beverages.

Duet musical composition or arrangement for two performers

A duet is a musical composition for two performers in which the performers have equal importance to the piece, often a composition involving two singers or two pianists. It differs from a harmony, as the performers take turns performing a solo section rather than performing simultaneously. A piece performed by two pianists performing together on the same piano is a "piano duet" or "piano four hands". A piece for two pianists performing together on separate pianos is a "piano duo".

Giuseppe Verdi 19th-century Italian opera composer

Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was an Italian opera composer. He was born near Busseto to a provincial family of moderate means, and developed a musical education with the help of a local patron. Verdi came to dominate the Italian opera scene after the era of Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti, and Gioachino Rossini, whose works significantly influenced him. By his 30s, he had become one of the pre-eminent opera composers in history.

<i>La traviata</i> 1853 opera by Giuseppe Verdi

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 (1852), a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas fils. The opera was originally titled Violetta, after the main character. It was first performed on 6 March 1853 at the La Fenice opera house in Venice.



The duet is performed in the first act of the opera, during a late-night party at Violetta Valéry's house. It is sung by Violetta and Alfredo Germont, a young man who is in love with her. Alfredo is convinced by his friend Gastone and by Violetta to show off his voice. He begins this drinking song, later joined by Violetta and the rest of the company. [1]


The words were written by Francesco Maria Piave.

Libiamo, libiamo ne'lieti calici
che la bellezza infiora.
E la fuggevol, fuggevol ora
s'inebrii a voluttà
Libiam ne'dolci fremiti
che suscita l'amore,
poiché quell'occhio al core onnipotente va.
Libiamo, amore, amor fra i calici
più caldi baci avrà


Ah! Libiam, amor, fra' calici
più caldi baci avrà


Tra voi, tra voi saprò dividere
il tempo mio giocondo;
Tutto è follia, follia nel mondo
ciò che non è piacer
Godiam, fugace e rapido
è il gaudio dell'amore,
è un fior che nasce e muore,
ne più si può goder
Godiamo, c'invita, c'invita un fervido
accento lusinghier.


Ah! godiamo, la tazza, la tazza e il cantico,
la notte abbella e il riso;
in questo, in questo paradiso ne scopra il nuovo dì––


La vita è nel tripudio


Quando non s'ami ancora


Nol dite a chi l'ignora,


È il mio destin così...


Ah si, godiamo, la tazza, la tazza e il cantico,
la notte abbella e il riso;
in questo, in questo paradiso ne scopra il nuovo dì.
Let's drink, let's drink from the joyous chalices
that beauty blossoms.
And may the fleeting moment
be elated with voluptuousness.
Let's drink from the sweet thrills
that love arouses,
because that eye aims straight to the almighty heart.
Let's drink, my love: the love among chalices
will have warmer kisses.


Ah! Let's drink, my love: the love among chalices
will have warmer kisses.


With you, with you I'll be able to share
my cheerful times.
Everything is foolish in the world
which is not pleasure.
Let's enjoy ourselves, for fleeting and quick
the delight of love is:
it's a flower that blooms and dies
and can no longer be enjoyed.
Let's enjoy ourselves, fervent
flattering voice invites us!


Ah! Let's enjoy the cup, the cup and the chants,
the embellished night and the laughter;
let the new day find us in this paradise.


Life means celebration,


If one hasn't known love,


Don't tell someone who doesn't know,


But this is my fate...


Ah, yes! Let's enjoy the cup, the cup and the chants,
the embellished night and the laughter;
let the new day find us in this paradise. [2] [3] [4]

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  1. Robert Glaubitz. "The Aria Database" . Retrieved 2009-01-15.
  2. Partial reference: "Translation of Brindisi: "Libiamo ne'lieti calici", from Italian to English" . Retrieved 2012-09-09.
  3. Partial reference: Alejandro González Ponce. "Alfredo's aria from La Traviata" . Retrieved 2009-01-15.
  4. Partial reference: "Libiamo ne' lieti calici lyrics" . Retrieved 2009-01-15.
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