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from Act II of the Italian opera Orlando by George Frideric Handel
Libretto: Carlo Sigismondo Capece

Role: Zoroastro, a magician
Voice Part: bass       Fach: heavy bass
Setting: the woods
Synopsis: Zoroastro tells Angelica and Medoro to escape from Orlando before his jealousy of Angelica causes him to injure one of them. He explains that Orlando's mind is fogged by strong emotions at this moment. If he doesn't break out of this fog soon, Zoroastro warns that Orlando may go mad.
Range: Tessitura:
G2 - E4D3 - D4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Ugo Berardi (added 1999-12-17)
Tra caligini profonde, Zoroastro's aria from Orlando

Tra caligini profonde         	Our mind always wanders
erra ognor la nostra mente,   	amid thick fogs,
s'ha per guida un cieco nume. 	as if a blind god guides it.
Di rovina sulle sponde        	The mind runs the risk of breaking 
					upon the rocks
é in pericolo imminente       	and ruining itself
se ragion non le dà il lume.  	if reason doesn't enlighten it.

Translation by Ugo Berardi (
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