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Ch'ella mi creda - Joseph Calleja
Published on: 31 Jul 2017
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The Maltese Tenor Joseph Calleja performs 'Ch'ella mi creda' during the annual Joseph Calleja Concert 2016 in Malta.

'Ch'ella mi creda' is a tenor aria from act 3 of the opera 'La Fanciulla del West' by Giacomo Puccini. It is the tenor aria sung by Dick Johnson (a.k.a. the bandit "Ramerrez") before he is to be executed by a lynch mob of gold prospectors led by Sheriff Jack Rance. In the aria, Johnson asks them not to tell Minnie, whom he loves, that he has been killed. Instead, he asks them to "let her believe" (the title phrase, "ch'ella mi creda") that he is far away, on the road to redemption from his bandit past.

The aria was sung for the first time by Enrico Caruso, at the world premiere of 'La fanciulla del West' at the Metropolitan Opera in New York on 10 December 1910. It is said that during World War I, Italian soldiers sang this aria to maintain their spirits.

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