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Piangeró la sorte mia from Giulio Cesare by Handel

Natalie Dessay, a truly underrated soprano. The American audience does NOT get to hear her nearly often enough, despite being one of Europe’s most prized possessions. 

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Ok, Fannibals (and other interested parties), I’m watching this show and just got to the episode “Sorbet.” The show is great, that’s not the question. But this episode opens with an opera singer (her name is Emily Klassen, btw) performing an aria. Doing just a lovely job, BUT she sings the middle part of her aria and then everyone jumping up to applaud at the end.

So here is my public announcement: if you ever hear that aria and have the urge to jump up an applaud where everyone did on “Hannibal,” DON’T because it’s the MIDDLE OF THE PIECE and things will be AWKWARD SAUCE. That is a “da capo” aria, literally meaning “from the head” or essentially “go back to the beginning and sing that part again.” The aria has an ABA form. What you heard was the B section. The repeat of A is still to come, and it will have have ornamentation (extra fancy notes) to keep things spicy.

Now please enjoy the complete aria, “ Piangerò la Sorte Mia ” from Händel’s Giulio Cesare sung by Kathleen Battle (because a complete recording from Emily Klassen is not on youtube). 

The aria from Hannibal Sorbet

The aria the diva is singing in the beginning of Sorbet where Hannibal is so moved is Haendel’s Piangerò la sorte mia (from “Giulio Cesare”). 

Ma poi morta!
Dogn'in intorno,
Ill tiranno e nottee giorno,
Fata spetro agitero,
Fata spettro,
Fata spetro agietro,

Ma poi morta!
Dogn'in intorno
Il tiranno e nottee giorno.
Fata spetro agitero,
Fata spetro agitetro.

With meaning:

Ma poi morta, dogn'in intorno - But then dead, from all around.
Il tiranno e nottee giorno - The tyrant, both night and day,
Fata spetro agitetro. - Having become a ghost, I shall molest.

Can be found on youtube.

Were you also so moved :-)?

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Claudine Collart sings “Piangero” from Haendel’s “Giulio Cesare in Egitto” (by PopoliDiTessalia)