Forces: soprano, oboe, strings & continuo
Source: BL R.M. MS 22.m.30 (contemporary copy)
Arianna’s beautiful lament in the centre of act II of Porpora’s Arianna in Naxo. The role of Arianna was sung Sgra Cuzzoni at the premier in the Lincoln’s Inn Fields theatre in December of 1733. Arianna has just had a ‘scene’ with both Antiope and Teseo and she’s not a happy girl. The accompanied recit is dramatic and exciting, the aria virtuosic and beautiful.
Range: e – a”
Editor: James Sanderson