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Che sento? Oh Dio!

Opera details:

Opera title:

Giulio Cesare

Composer:

Georg Handel

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

Giulio Cesare Synopsis

Libretto:

Giulio Cesare Libretto

Translation(s):

English

Aria details:

Type:

aria

Role(s):

Cleopatra

Voice(s):

Soprano

Act:

2.13

Previous scene: Al lampo dell armi
Next scene: Se pieta di me non senti

Natalie Dessay: "Se pietà di me non senti" (Giulio Cesare)

Singer: Natalie Dessay

Dessay's “Cleopatra”!
US: Canada:
Natalie Dessay performs Cleopatra's recitative and aria "Che sento? Oh Dio!...Se pietà di me non senti" from Handel's opera "Giulio Cesare". Emmanuelle Haïm conducts Le Concert d'Astrée.

Dessay’s recording session of “Se pietà”!
Natalie Dessay also recorded the world premiere of "Per dar vita", the original aria later replaced by "Se pietà":

Watch videos with other singers performing Che sento? Oh Dio!:

Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

Recitativo
Cleopatra
(sola)

Che sento? Oh dio! Morrà Cleopatra ancora. Anima vil, che parli mai? Deh taci!

Avrò, per vendicarmi,
in bellicosa parte,
di Bellona in sembianza un cor di Marte. Intanto, oh Numi, voi che il ciel reggete, difendete il mio bene!
Ch'egli è del seno mio conforto e speme.

English Libretto or Translation:

Recitative
Cleopatra
(alone)
What do I hear? Oh God! Morrà Cleopatra again. Soul vil, what are you talking about? Deh shut up!

I will have, to avenge myself,
in bellicose part,
of Bellona in the guise of a cor of Mars. Meanwhile, oh gods, you who are in heaven, defend my good!
That he is my comfort and my heart is of hope.



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