Soprano aria from Rinaldo (HWV 7), an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel.The Italian libretto was written by Giacomo Rossi, based on episodes of Torquato Tasso‘s Gerusalemme liberata (“Jerusalem Delivered”). It is a heroic story of battle and love set in the time of the First Crusade (1096–1099).—fr. “Wikipedia”
Aria setup: Almirena (soprano), who is in love with the knight Rinaldo, has been abducted by the sorceress Armida and imprisoned. In a beautiful garden in Armida’s enchanted palace, Almirena laments her captivity (Act II).
Marilyn Horne (mezzo) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxOZHQEux5c,
Suzie LeBlanc (soprano) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jiq0meAPOgs&feature=related, and
Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRHJXDxQJL4&NR=1&feature=fvwp
Tr. YK Chan 陈耀国译
Lascia ch’io pianga