from Act II of the Italian opera Ariodante
by George Frideric Handel
Libretto: Antonio Salvi
, a prince, engaged to Ginevra, brother of Lurcanio
Voice Part: tenor Fach: countertenor|lyric tenor
Setting: the palace of the King of Scotland at night
Synopsis: Polinesso tries to convince Ariodante that Ginevra does not favor Ariodante and instead is in love with him. Ariodante doesn't believe him. However, Ariodante then sees Dalinda coming out of the private apartments of Polinesso disguised as his love, Ginevra. Despairing, he attempts suicide but is stopped by his brother Lurcanio. Ariodante then sings of his unhappiness and despair.