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from Act I of the Italian opera Serse by George Frideric Handel
Libretto: Nicola Minato

Role: Serse, the King of Persia, brother of Arsamene
Voice Part: countertenor       Fach: countertenor
Setting: a garden in King Serse's palace, Persia
Synopsis: Serse sings to a tree, praising its vast beauties.
Range: Tessitura:
C4 - F5F4 - F5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Robert Glaubitz (added 1999-08-22)
Ombra mai fu, Serse's aria from Serse

Frondi tenere e belle			Tender and beautiful fronds
Del mio Platano amato,			of my beloved plane tree,
Per voi risplenda il Fato		Let Fate smile upon you .
Tuoni, Lampi, e Procelle		May thunder, lightning, and storms
Non vi oltraggino mai la cara pace,	never bother your dear peace,
Ne giunga a profanarvi Austro rapace.	Nor may you by blowing winds be profaned.

Ombra mai fu			Never was made
Di Vegetabile,			A vegetable (a plant)
Care ed amaile			more dear and loving
Soave piu.			or gentle.
MIDI version by Haydee Villar. Notes: includes preceding recitative
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