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from Act I, Scene 2 of the Italian opera Giulio Cesare by George Frideric Handel
Libretto: Nicola Haym

Role: Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: dramatic coloratura
Setting: Cleopatra's room, Alexandria, Egypt, 48 B.C.
Synopsis: Cleopatra has heard that her brother Tolomeo has killed Caesar's rival, Pompey, in order to influence Caesar. Cleopatra also wants to influence Caesar, but she decides to use her beauty to seduce him instead.
Range: Tessitura:
E4 - A5F#/Gb4 - F#/Gb5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Paolo Mattiazzi (added 1999-08-24)
Non disperar, Cleopatra's aria from Giulio Cesare

Non disperar, chi sa?
se al regno non l'avrai,
avrai sorte in amor.
Mirando una beltà
in essa troverai
a consolar un cor.
Sheet Music/Scores:
The Ultimate Soprano Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at and
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