Partenope: Quel volto mi piace (Rosmira)
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Partenope: Quel volto mi piace (Rosmira)

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PDF vocal score/piano reduction of Rosmira’s aria “Quel volto mi piace” from Handel’s Partenope, HWV 27. Includes both original key and transposed baroque pitch versions.

Handel, George Frideric
Mezzosoprano, Alto
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PDF vocal score/piano reduction of Rosmira’s aria “Quel volto mi piace” from Handel’s Partenope, HWV 27. Includes both original key and transposed baroque pitch versions.

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Libretto (Italian)

RECITATIVO
Oh Dio! Par che dal petto
Il cor si parta, e segua
L’Orme d’Arsace, e pure
La tradita mia fede,
Di vendicarsi vaga
Della sua fedeltà non è ancor paga.

ARIA
Quel volto mi piace
Ma temo qual core,
Quel core infedele
Che un dì m’ingannò.

Io sento che amore
Mi parla di pace,
Ma sdegno crudele,
Placarsi non può.

Translation (English, poetic)

RECITATIVE
Oh heavens! methinks I feel my struggling heart
Start from my bosom to attend to Arsace’s;
And yet my constancy, that he betray’d,
Pleas’d with the vengeance of its wrongs, remains
yet unassured of his fidelity.

ARIA
His lovely face my fancy charms,
But, ah! his heart my fear alarms;
His fickle, faithless heart I fear,
That one day fooled my soul so dear.

I feel my love, that ne’er can cease,
Importunately plead for peace;
But then disdain and glowing rage
‘Tis not so easy to assuage.