Cara sposa

Opera details:

Opera title:

Rinaldo

Composer:

Georg Handel

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

Rinaldo Synopsis

Libretto:

Rinaldo Libretto

Translation(s):

Not entered yet.

Aria details:

Type:

aria

Role(s):

Rinaldo

Voice(s):

Mezzo-Soprano or CounterTenor

Act:

1

Previous scene: Venti turbini prestate
Next scene: Augelletti che cantate

Joyce DiDonato Master Class January 2016: Handel’s “Cara sposa” from Rinaldo

Singer: Joyce DiDonato

Renowned mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato presents a series of three master classes focusing on opera arias. Here Ms. DiDonato coaches countertenor Daniel Moody with pianist Adam Nielsen on Handel’s “Cara sposa” from Rinaldo. At the end, Ms. DiDonato takes questions from audiences in the Hall and on Twitter.

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Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato’s performances have been called “a model of singing in which all components of the art form—technique, sound, color, nuance, diction—come together in service to expression and eloquence” by The New York Times. The revered singer presents a series of three public master classes for young opera singers who were chosen from an international pool of applicants. To learn more about Carnegie Hall’s Workshops and Master Classes and to apply, visit

Watch videos with other singers performing Cara sposa:

Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

RINALDO
Cara sposa, amante cara,
Dove sei?
Deh! Ritorna a' pianti miei!

Del vostro Erebo sull'ara,
Colla face dello sdegno
Io vi sfido, o spirti rei!

English Libretto or Translation:

RINALDO
Beloved spouse, dearest heart
Where art thou?
Woe! Return to him who weeps!

O guilty spirits from thy Erebus altar
My face on of complete contempt,
I defy thee, wicked spirits!

Sheetmusic in our database with this aria

Operatic Anthology: Mezzo-Soprano