from Act I, Scene 2 of the Italian opera Alcina
by George Frideric Handel
Libretto: A. Marchi
, sister of Alcina
Voice Part: soprano Fach: lyric soprano
Setting: Alcina's court, Alcina's enchanted island
Synopsis: Ruggiero has been captured by Alcina and bespelled by Alcina to be in love with Alcina and think that his real enemy is actually his fiancee Bradamante. Bradamente, in disguise, tries to show him his mistake, but Ruggiero only runs off. Morgana then enters and declares that she will keep Ruggiero under her power. A note on this aria: different versions of this opera give this aria to different characters. While originally this aria was sung by Morgana, other versions give it to Alcina.