from Act II, Scene 2 of the Italian opera Rinaldo
by George Frideric Handel
Libretto: Aaron Hill
, a hero of the Christians, fiance of Almirena
Voice Part: countertenor Fach: countertenor
Setting: a garden in Argante's palace, Jerusalem, Palestine, during the Crusades
Synopsis: When Armida tries to seduce Rinaldo in the guise of his beloved Almirena, he almost is unable to resist. However, at the last moment, he sees through the disguise. He tells Armida that he will not succumb to her wiles.