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from Act II, Scene 1 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: Cleopatra sings a beautiful love song designed to seduce Caesar from afar.
Range: Tessitura:
F4 - G5G4 - F5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Melinda Parsons (added 2000-09-17)
V'adoro, pupille, Cleopatra's aria from Giulio Cesare

V'adoro, pupille,	I adore you, eyes,
saette d'amore,		arrows of love
le vostre faville	Your sparkles
son grate nel sen.	are pleasing in my breast.
Pietose vi brama	Have pity on
il mesto mio core,	my sad heart
ch'ogn'ora vi chiama	That at every hour calls
l'amato suo ben.	the lover your beloved.

Translation by Melinda Parsons (melpar27@hotmail.com)
Translation into English by Rebecca Burstein (added 2000-09-17)
V'adoro, pupille, Cleopatra's aria from Giulio Cesare

V'adoro, pupille,	I adore you, eyes,
saette d'amore,		lightning bolts of love,
le vostre faville	your sparks
son grate nel sen.	are welcome in my breast.
Pietose vi brama	My sad heart
il mesto mio core,	desires you (to be) compassionate,
ch'ogn'ora vi chiama	(my heart) which at every hour calls you
l'amato suo ben.	its dearest beloved.
V'adoro, pupille, ecc.	I adore you, eyes, etc.

Translation by Rebecca Burstein (rburstei@brynmawr.edu)
Sheet Music/Scores:
Larsen, Robert. Arias for Soprano. Published by G. Schirmer. Available at Amazon.com and Sheetmusicplus.com.
The Ultimate Soprano Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at Amazon.com and Sheetmusicplus.com.
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