I have uploaded a new booklet with sheet music to my homepage www.mandoisland.de (free download). This is a booklet with title Repertorio del Mandolinista which does contain opera melodies, marches, mazurkas, polkas and a tarantella. It was published in 1899 by Carisch & Jänichen as vol. 18 of this series with popular melodies for the mandolin.
The second piece in this booklet is based on the aria Fra poco a me ricoveri from Lucia de Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti.
Fra poco a me ricovero von Donizetti.
I have found many videos of this aria. The first two videos are historic recordings of this aria. The mandolin version is almost exactly transcribed, but it is shortened a little bit at the end. For me it is very useful to listen to those videos to be able to play the melody in the right mood with all the tempo changes and fermatas.
Donizetti – Lucia di Lammermoor
Giovanni Martinelli- Fra poco a me ricovero (1916)
Italian tenor Giovanni Martinelli (1885-1969) sings Fra poco a me ricovero, from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor.
Recorded in 1916.
Franco Corelli – Fra poco a me ricovero
Aria della Lucia di Lamermoor interpretata da Franco Corelli…fenomenale!
The third video begins with an introduction by the orchestra and the scene before the aria.
Cesar Gutierrez Tenor Aria – Fra poco a me ricovero
Links about Donizetti – Lucia de Lammermoor – Fra poco a me ricovero
Find more videos of Fra poco a me ricovero von Donizetti: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Fra+poco+a+me+ricovero&aq=f
You can download the complete booklet Repertorio del Mandolinista as a PDF from my homepage on page free sheet music: www.mandoisland.de