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from Act I, Scene 2 of the Italian opera Alcina by George Frideric Handel
Libretto: A. Marchi

Role: Morgana, 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.
Range: Tessitura:
F4 - A#/Bb5G4 - G5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Robert Glaubitz (added 1999-11-08)
Tornami a vagheggiar, Alcina's aria from Alcina

Tornami a vagheggiar,		Return to me to languish,
te solo vuol' amar		Only you it wants to love
quest' anima fedel,		this faithful heart,
caro, mio bene, caro!		My dear, my good one, my dear!

Già ti donai il mio cor :	Already I gave you my heart :
fido sarà il mio amor;		I trust you will be my love;
mai ti sarò crudel,		but you will be too cruel,
cara mia spene.			my dear hope.

Translation by Robert Glaubitz (
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