Amarilli, mia bella

This post is intended for students of singing, with information about the piece, translations and audio files to assist in learning.  It is not intended as a replacement for a voice teacher, but as an aid in preparation.


Amarilli, mia bella is on of my favorite of the 'old italian' songs.  It is deceptively simple at first, but the more you dig into it, the more things that you begin to discover.  This is also an excellent selection for college auditions and for those of you interested in auditioning for NYSSMA Level 6.  It is currently listed in the NYSSMA Manual as an Alto 1, Tenor 1 and 2, and Bass 1 and 2 piece.



Title: Amarilli, mia bella     Amaryllis, my beautiful

  • Music by  Giulio Caccini
  • Text attributed to Giovanni Battista Guarini
  • NYSSMA Level 6


Below you will find PDFs of Amarilli mia bella in appropriate keys. For NYSSMA you will have to have original (not these) copies in a printed book. Until then, feel free to use these.

*as F Minor is for both Bass 1 and 2, I would recommend a singer to enter as a Bass 2 as there is generally less competition in this voice category.

Hard Copies for NYSSMA

I would recommend you purchase the version in the 24 Italian Songs and Arias published by Schirmer.

Alto 1  and Tenor 2

Alto 2, Bass 1, and Bass 2

Audio Files

Just the Text:

Alto 1 and Tenor 1

Alto 2 and Bass 1 and Bass 2

Original Text

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 in core:

Amarilli, Amarilli, Amarailli è il mio amore.

("Dubitar non ti vale" may be used as a more polite alternative to "Prendi questo mio strale"




Amaryllis, my beautiful one

Don't you believe me, of my hearts sweet desire

That you are my love?

Believe it, and if fears attack you

of my love do not doubt.

Take this arrow, open my chest, and there you'll see written

Amaryllis, Amaryllis,

Amaryllis is my love!



This is one of the most beautiful and haunting rendition of Amarilli.  It marries the baroque style with the expressiveness we find in versimo perfectly

Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo Soprano

I recently discovered this singer.  He was considered the 'Soviet Sinatra" and this video shows a beautiful rendition in a more classical style than some of his other selections you will find on youtube.

Muslim Magomaev, Baritone


Useful Links

Transcription of Amarilli in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) at's page for Amarilli 

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