from Act I, Scene 2 of the Italian opera Giulio Cesare
by George Frideric Handel
Libretto: Nicola Haym
, Queen of Egypt
Voice Part: soprano Fach: dramatic coloratura
Setting: Cleopatra's room, Alexandria, Egypt, 48 B.C.
Synopsis: Cleopatra has heard that her brother Tolomeo has killed Caesar's rival, Pompey, in order to influence Caesar. Cleopatra also wants to influence Caesar, but she decides to use her beauty to seduce him instead.