from Act I, Scene 3 of the Italian opera Giulio Cesare
by George Frideric Handel
Libretto: Nicola Haym
Role: Giulio Cesare
, emporer of Rome
Voice Part: contralto Fach: contralto|dramatic baritone
Setting: palace of Tolomeo, Alexandria, Egypt, 48 B.C.
Synopsis: Tolomeo and Caesar meet in a banquet. When Tolomeo subtly threatens him, Caesar responds, saying that he will be on guard against any violence Tolomeo has planned.