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Les oiseaux dans la charmille from The Tales of Hoffman  (aka The Doll Song or Olympia's Aria)

Les oiseaux dans la charmille from The Tales of Hoffman (aka The Doll Song or Olympia's Aria)

Offenbach, Jacques

Ed. Hirschman, Ed


  • Text:
  • Language: French
  • Ensemble: Voice and Piano
  • Accompaniment: Piano
  • Genre: Classical
  • Grade: 6
  • Duration: 3.0 minutes
  • Page Count: 6
  • Catalog Number: ABP0140

"Les oiseaux dans la charmille" comes from Act 2 of Offenbach's opera The Tales of Hoffmann. Known as "Olympia's Aria" and "The Doll Song", it is a dazzling coloratura soprano aria sung by a mechanical doll named Olympia. The inventor winds up the doll to sing and Hoffmann, who is wearing a magic pair of glasses, thinks that Olympia is real and falls in love with her.

This edition is intended for the concert stage, and includes the second stanza only.

There are two versions of the piece included. The first is the "standard" version based on the music as published in the opera. The second is the "virtuoso" version which takes this difficult piece to the next level with extra ornaments, runs and a higher range. It is based on the version sung in concert by Sabine Devieilhe.

Standard Range

Eb4 - Eb6

Virtuoso Range

Eb4 - Ab6

French Lyrics

Tout ce qui chante et rsonne
Et soupire, tour tour,
Emeut son coeur qui frissonne d'amour!
Ah! Voil la chanson mignonne
La chanson d'Olympia! Ah!

English Translation<

Everything that sings and sounds
And sighs, in its turn,
Moves her heart, which trembles with love!
Ah! This is the darling song,
The song of Olympia! Ah!

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