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from Act II, Scene 1 of the Italian opera Alcina by George Frideric Handel
Libretto: A. Marchi

Role: Alcina, a sorceress, sister of Morgana
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: lyric coloratura
Setting: the palace on Alcina's enchanted island
Synopsis: Alcina finds out that her captive Ruggiero has escaped from her. She then wails her discontent to the gods.
Range: Tessitura:
F4 - G#/Ab5G4 - G5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Robert Glaubitz (added 1999-09-24)
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Anthology of Italian Opera - Soprano. Published by Ricordi. Available at Amazon.com and Sheetmusicplus.com.
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from Act II, Scene 2 of the Italian opera Alcina by George Frideric Handel
Libretto: A. Marchi

Role: Alcina, a sorceress, sister of Morgana
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: lyric coloratura
Setting: a cavern on Alcina's enchanted island
Synopsis: Alcina, upset over the escape of Ruggiero, who she cast a love spell upon, invokes the spirits to cast the spells she needs to take him back.
Range: Tessitura:
D#/Eb4 - A5G4 - G5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Robert Glaubitz (added 1999-09-24)
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from Act III, Scene 1 of the Italian opera Alcina by George Frideric Handel
Libretto: A. Marchi

Role: Alcina, a sorceress, sister of Morgana
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: lyric coloratura
Setting: atrium of the palace, Alcina's enchanted island
Synopsis: Alcina tries once more to cast a spell on Ruggiero to make him love her. The spell fails though and Alcina realizes that her love for Ruggiero will never be realized.
Range: Tessitura:
F4 - A5A4 - G#/Ab5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Robert Glaubitz (added 1999-09-24)
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from Act III, Scene 1 of the Italian opera Alcina by George Frideric Handel
Libretto: A. Marchi

Role: Morgana, sister of Alcina
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: lyric soprano
Setting: atrium of the palace, Alcina's enchanted island
Synopsis: Morgana had earlier rejected Oronte in favor of a new man she met, Riccardo. Later, she finds out that Riccardo is really Bradamente in disguise. With some humility, she returns to Oronte and tries to convince him to take her back.
Range: Tessitura:
E4 - A#/Bb5A4 - A5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Robert Glaubitz (added 1999-09-24)
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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
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from Act II, Scene 1 of the Italian opera Alcina by George Frideric Handel
Libretto: A. Marchi

Role: Ruggiero, a knight, betrothed to Bradamante
Voice Part: mezzo-soprano       Fach: male mezzo-soprano|lyric mezzo
Setting: the palace on Alcina's enchanted island
Synopsis: Ruggiero had been ensorcelled by Alcina to believe that his fiancee Bradamante was really his enemy. However, he has been released from the enchantment by a magic ring. Bradamente then approaches him and convinces him that she is really there. Ruggiero responds, letting her know that he believes her.
Range: Tessitura:
C4 - G5D#/Eb4 - F5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Robert Glaubitz (added 1999-09-24)
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from Act III, Scene 1 of the Italian opera Alcina by George Frideric Handel
Libretto: A. Marchi

Role: Ruggiero, a knight, betrothed to Bradamante
Voice Part: mezzo-soprano       Fach: male mezzo-soprano|lyric mezzo
Setting: atrium of the palace, Alcina's enchanted island
Synopsis: Alcina tries once more to cast a spell on Ruggiero to make him love her. The spell fails though and Ruggiero declares his triumph.
Range: Tessitura:
B3 - G5D4 - E5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Robert Glaubitz (added 1999-09-24)
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Sheet Music/Scores:
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from Act II, Scene 1 of the Italian opera Alcina by George Frideric Handel
Libretto: A. Marchi

Role: Ruggiero, a knight, betrothed to Bradamante
Voice Part: mezzo-soprano       Fach: male mezzo-soprano|lyric mezzo
Setting: the palace on Alcina's enchanted island
Synopsis: Morgana finds Ruggiero and his lover Bradamente alone. She recognizes Bradamente though as a man named Riccardo that she loved. After accusing them of betraying her love, the lovers explain that Riccardo was just Bradamente in disguise and Ruggiero asks her for forgiveness and peace.
Range: Tessitura:
C#/Db4 - E5E4 - C#/Db5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Robert Glaubitz (added 1999-09-24)
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none
Sheet Music/Scores:
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