Ottone: Falsa imagine, m’ingannasti (Teofane)


Composer: Handel, George Frideric
Voice type(s): Soprano
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Teofane’s aria from Handel’s Ottone, re di Germania, HWV 15. Includes preceding recitative, and comes in both written and transposed “baroque pitch” key. Piano/vocal reduction.


Libretto (Italian)

Falsa immagine, m’ingannasti,
mi mostrasti un volto amabile;
e quel volto m’allettò.

Or cessato il dolce inganno,
trovo orrore, e trovo affanno
ove gioie il cor sperò.

Translation (English)

False image, you deceived me.
You showed me a face worthy of love,
and that face allured me.

Now the sweet deception has ceased,
I find horror, and I find grief
where my heart once hoped for joy.