Learn the Lyrics to “Voi Che Sapete Che Cosa E Amor”

Cherubino's Aria from Mozart's Le Nozze Di Figaro

Lynelle Kenned as Cherubino performs in Mozart's opera, Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) at the Cape Town Opera on October 16,2014 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Lynelle Kenned as Cherubino performs in Mozart's opera, Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) at the Cape Town Opera on October 16,2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. John Snelling/Getty Images

"The Marriage of Figaro" is one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's most famous operas. This comic opera was first performed in Vienna in 1786, and continues the story of "The Barber of Seville."

The plot revolves around Susanna and Figaro, and their quest to be married despite the obstacles put in their path by the scheming Count Almaviva, who wants Susanna for himself, even though he is already married.

The aria "Voi che sapete che cosa e amor" is sung in the second act by Cherubino, a page to Count Almviva. The role is traditionally played by a woman with a soprano voice. In the song Cherubino is lamenting his amorous habits.

Italian Lyrics of "Voi che sapete"

Voi che sapete che cosa e amor,
Donne, vedete, s'io l'ho nel cor,
Donne, vedete, s'io l'ho nel cor.
Quello ch'io provo, vi ridiro,
E per me nuovo capir nol so.
Sento un affetto pien di desir,
Ch'ora e diletto, ch'ora e martir.
Gelo e poi sento l'alma avvampar,
E in un momento torno a gelar.
Ricerco un bene fuori di me,
Non so chi il tiene, non so cos' e.
Sospiro e gemo senza voler,
Palpito e tremo senza saper,
Non trovo pace notte ne di,
Ma pur mi piace languir cosi.
Voi, che sapete che cosa e amor
Donne, vedete, s'io l'ho nel cor,
Donne, vedete, s'io l'ho nel cor,
Donne, vedete, s'io l'ho nel cor.

English Translation of "Voi che sapete"

You who know what love is,
Women, see whether it's in my heart,
Women, see whether it's in my heart.


What I am experiencing I will tell you,
It is new to me and I do not understand it.
I have a feeling full of desire,
That now, is both pleasure and suffering.
At first frost, then I feel the soul burning,
And in a moment I'm freezing again.
Seek a blessing outside myself,
I do not know how to hold it, I do not know what it is.


I sigh and moan without meaning to,
Throb and tremble without knowing,
I find no peace both night or day,
But even still, I like to languish.
You who know what love is,
Women, see whether it's in my heart,
Women, see whether it's in my heart,
Women, see whether it's in my heart.

Learn the lyrics to another well known aria from Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro: "Non piu andrai."