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from Act II, Scene 3 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: Palace of the Goddess of Virtue, Alexandria, Egypt, 48 B.C.
Synopsis: Caesar has run outside to fight against Tolomeo's soldiers who are trying to take his life. Inside, Cleopatra finds that she now loves Caesar instead of just pretending to love him so that she would be favored above Tolomeo. She still hopes that Caesar will be able to gain revenge on Tolomeo.
Range: Tessitura:
E4 - A5G4 - G5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Paolo Mattiazzi (added 1999-08-24)
Se pietà di me non senti, Cleopatra's aria from Giulio Cesare

Che sento? Oh dio! Morrà Cleopatra ancora.
Anima vil, che parli mai? Deh taci!
Avrò, per vendicarmi,
in bellicosa parte,
di Bellona in sembianza un cor di Marte.
Intanto, oh Numi, voi che il ciel reggete,
difendete il mio bene!
Ch'egli è del seno mio conforto e speme.

Se pietà di me non senti,
giusto ciel, io morirò.
Tu da pace a' miei tormenti, 
o quest'alma spirerò.
Sheet Music/Scores:
The Ultimate Soprano Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at and
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