from Act I, Scene 2 of the Italian opera Giulio Cesare
by George Frideric Handel
Libretto: Nicola Haym
, Queen of Egypt
Voice Part: soprano Fach: dramatic coloratura
Setting: Cleopatra's room, Alexandria, Egypt, 48 B.C.
Synopsis: After joining with Cornelia and Sesto in a plot to kill her brother Tolomeo, Cleopatra rejoices in the idea of the fall of Tolomeo and, presumably, her rise to greater power.