from Act II of the Italian opera Ariodante
by George Frideric Handel
Libretto: Antonio Salvi
, daughter of the King of Scotland, engaged to Ariodante
Voice Part: mezzo-soprano Fach: lyric mezzo
Setting: the palace of the King of Scotland at night
Synopsis: Ginevra is told falsely that her love, Ariodante, has drowned himself in the ocean. She is then accused of driving him to it by betraying him with Polinesso. Overwhelmed by it all, she goes insane, singing about death.