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from Act II of the Italian opera Ariodante by George Frideric Handel
Libretto: Antonio Salvi

Role: Ariodante, 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.
Range: Tessitura:
D3 - G4F3 - F4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Robert Glaubitz (added 1999-10-04)
Scherza infida, Ariodante's aria from Ariodante

E vivo ancora?
E senza il ferro,
oh! Dei!  che farò?
Che mi dite, o affanni miei?

Scherza infida in grembo al drudo,
io tradito a morte in braccio
per tua colpa ora men vo.

Mà a spezzar l'indegno laccio,
ombra mesta e spirto ignudo,
per tua pena io tornerò.
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