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A virtuoso aria with ground bass
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Aria from Fago's oratorio Faraone Sommerso
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Aria from Rinaldo Act II
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Aria from Ariodante Act I
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Aria from Ariodante Act III
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Aria from Tamerlano Act II
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Aria from Tolomeo Act III
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Aria from Act III of L'Olimpiade (1761)
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Aria from Zenobia in Palmera
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Aria with notated ornamentation
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Aria for Farinelli from Polifemo
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Aria from Flavio Anicio Olibrio
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Aria from Gli Orti Esperidi
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Lament from Arianna in Naxo.
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Aria from Germanico in Germania
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Aria from Flavio Anicio Olibrio
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Aria from Gli Orti Esperidi
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Aria from Gli Orti Esperidi
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Aria from Polifemo Act III, v
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Aria from La Festa d'Imeneo
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Carissimi: Filli, non t'amo più
Forces: soprano & continuo

This virtuoso piece on a ground bass caught the attention of some editors of the late 19th-early 20th centuries, including Riemann: 3 editions from 1877 to 1923 are cited by new Grove, but apparently none since. The source of this edition is MS. 51 Christ Church College, Oxford, undoubtedly a product of the intense cultivation of Carissimi's music by Henry Aldritch and Richard Goodson.
Range: d'-a''

Editor: Rosalind Halton

A virtuoso aria with ground bass
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Fago: Forz'è pur nel proprio sangue
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

The wonderful lament in Part II of Fago's oratorio Faraone Sommerso - worthy competition to Porpora's Alto Giove. Amazing performance by Europa Galante on YouTube. The character Messo bewails the fate of the Jewish people being pursued by Pharoah and warns how the waves will wash away the anger and blood. 5-part string accompaniment.

Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica 'Luigi Cherubini' - Firenze; Inventario: B.2374 ; Segnatura: B.2374 ; CF.55

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Fago's oratorio Faraone Sommerso
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Handel: Cara Sposa
Forces: mezzo-soprano, strings & continuo

Rinaldo's Act II lament from Handel's 1712 opera of the same name. Marvellous sustained largo A section with a coloratura allegro B section.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Rinaldo Act II
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Handel: Con l'ali di costanza
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Ariodante's aria from Act I, scene viii of the opera of the same name.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Ariodante Act I
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Handel: Dopo notte
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo (piano reduction)

Ariodante's spectacular coloratura aria from Act III, scene viii

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Ariodante Act III
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Handel: Più d'una tigre altero
Forces: mezzo-soprano, strings & continuo

Source: Act II, viii or Tamerlano. Andronico's rage aria at the end of Act II. It's a good one!

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Tamerlano Act II
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Handel: Stille amare
Forces: alto, strings & continuo

Tolomeo's 'Poison' aria from Act III, scene iv of Handel's opera of the same name which was completed in 1728. Tolomeo believes himself to be betrayed and has taken what he thinks is poison, passing out before he can complete the truncated da capo of the aria. There is an excellent secco and accompagnato recitative which preceeds the aria.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Tolomeo Act III
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Jommelli: No sò d'onde viene
Forces: tenor, oboes, horns, strings & continuo

From Jommelli's L'Olimpiade (1761) Act III, Sc. vi This is a beautiful aria for tenor, oboes, horns strings and continuo. Also available in alto key.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Act III of L'Olimpiade (1761)
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Leo: Qual farfalla innamorata
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

From Leo's extraordinary opera Zenobia in Palmira this is Decio's Act II, scene vii aria: 'Like a butterfly crazed with love, the hope I harbour within my heart flutters forever around the flame'. And we all know what happens when butterflies get burnt!! Love with danger here. Also on the Cecelia Bartoli recording 'Sacrificium'.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Zenobia in Palmera
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Mancini: Caro, s'io moro almeno
Forces: soprano & continuo

This comes from a manuscript in Lbl, the work of Roman copyist Tarquinio Lanciani (who copied works of Handel, A. Scarlatti, and Caldara). It provides a fascinating glimpse into ornamentation patterns familiar to early 18th century musicians.

Editor: Rosalind Halton

Aria with notated ornamentation
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Porpora: Alto Giove
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

The aria made famous through the film 'Farinelli: il castrato' Beautiful and virtuosic, it concerns Acis thanking Jove for making him immortal.

In two sections, the beautiful lento with it's slowly moving harmony and sinuous vocal line, and an unexpected andantino middle section.

Range: d - g''

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria for Farinelli from Polifemo
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Porpora: Chiara dea
Forces: alto, strings & continuo

Act I scene i of Porpora's 1711 opera Flavio Anicio Olibrio provides us with another obbligato cello aria (who was the cellist?)

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Flavio Anicio Olibrio
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Porpora: Farinelli arias from Gli orti Esperidi
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

The four arias written for Farinelli in one of his first appearances. Here he sings the rôle of Adone. See the individual arias for MIDI preview - buy all four and save £££!

Includes: Se il morir, fosse mia pena;
Sarebbe nell'amar soave il sospirar;
Giusto Amor; and Se son lontano dal mio diletto

Editor: James Sanderson

Arias
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Porpora: Farinelli arias from Polifemo
Forces: soprano solo with various orchestral accompaniments

Five of the amazing arias written for Farinelli in Porpora's 'Polifemo'

See the individual arias for previews:
Oh' volesser gli Dei/Dolci fresche aurette
Lontan dal solo e caro/Lusingato dalla speme agitato
Nell' attendere il mio bene
Alto Giove
Che dici or tu ch'ai poter che Giove?/Senti il fato

All in orchestral score.

Editor: James Sanderson

Arias
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Porpora: Giusto amor tu che m'accendi
Forces: soprano/alto, obbligato cello & continuo

Adonis' (Farinelli) aria from Act 2, scene ii of the 'Dramma per Musica' Gli orti esperidi (Naples, Palazzo Reale 28th August 1721).

Source BL MS Add. 14118 (autograph).

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Gli Orti Esperidi
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Porpora: Lontan dal solo e caro
Forces: soprano, oboe, strings & continuo

Aci's (Farinelli's) first aria in Act II, full of pathos and a beautiful line.

Accompagnato recit followed by moderato aria, the solo oboe in the aria both echoing and precursing the vocal line.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Polifemo
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Porpora: Misera, e che farò?
Forces: soprano, oboe, strings & continuo

Source: BL R.M. MS 22.m.30 (contemporary copy)

Arianna's beautiful lament in the centre of act II of Porpora's Arianna in Naxo. The role of Arianna was sung Sgra Cuzzoni at the premier in the Lincoln's Inn Fields theatre in December of 1733. Arianna has just had a 'scene' with both Antiope and Teseo and she's not a happy girl. The accompanied recit is dramatic and exciting, the aria virtuosic and beautiful.

Range: e - a''

Editor: James Sanderson
Lament from Arianna in Naxo.
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Porpora: Nell' attendere il mio bene
Forces: soprano, 2 corni, 2 trombe, 2 oboè, strings & continuo

Aci's (Farinelli's) second Acti II aria and what a sing. This is certainly a 'stand and deliver' moment with the largest scoring in the whole opera.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Polifemo
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Porpora: Oh volesser gli dei/Dolce fresche aurette grate
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source: Autograph copy in Royal Music Collection

Acis' (Farinelli's) opening aria from 'Polifemo'

It is a beautiful accompanied recit followed by a largo with an allegro 'b' section.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Polifemo
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Porpora: Parto, ti lascio, o cara
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Arminio's wonderfully expressive aria from Act II of Germanico in Germania. Lyrical, heart-rending - an absolute showstopper! Witten by Porpora for his pupil Caffarelli - long phrases and extreme leaps in the vocal line, a kind of pain that, in spite of everything, is sweet.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Germanico in Germania
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Porpora: Perchè ad amarmi
Forces: tenor, strings & continuo

From Act I scene vi of Flavio Anicio Olibrio this is Ricimero's aria about resoluteness in fighting for love

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Flavio Anicio Olibrio
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Porpora: Sarebbe nell'amar soave il sospirar
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Farinelli's second aria from one of his first appearances (Rome 1721) in Gli Orti Esperidi. In the rôle of Adonis, Farinelli sings of the power of love to hold him to his beloved despite the horrors of Tartarus.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Gli Orti Esperidi
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Porpora: Se il morir, fosse mia pena
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

The first aria from one of Farinelli's forst appearances (Rome 1721). In the rôle of Adonis, Farinelli sings of his willingness to give up his life for love of Venus.

A beautiful aria with primarily violin bass rather than continuo.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Gli Orti Esperidi
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Porpora: Se pietoso il tuo labro
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 31593 ff 30r - 33v

A deceptively virtuosic aria with exciting rhythmic and melodic interest and occasionally bizarre harmonies. If your lips would have pity upon me... From Ezio (1728).

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Ezio
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Porpora: Se son lontano dal mio diletto
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Adone (Farinelli)'s second aria from Act II of Porpora's Gli orti Esperidi. A charming allegro with a 'pathetic' twist, once again principally accompanied by the upper strings - perhaps a gesture to the young Farinelli's age (16 at the time). Adone sings of the fear which enters his heart in the absence of his beloved.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Gli Orti Esperidi
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Porpora: Senti il fato
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source: Polifemo Act III, scene v

Acis' (Farinelli's) last aria. In the true bravura style which made both singer and composer famous this aria is extraordinary! Everything from fiendish coloratura to leaps of a 10th, 11th and 12th. Masterful writing. The aria is preceded by a secco recitative and has a slower, though even more virtuosic, middle section.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Polifemo Act III, v
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Porpora: Son frà l'onde in mezzo al mare
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Venere's aria from the end of act I uses all the illusions of the crashing waves upon the shore, convincing her lover, Adone, to remain with her. Written for the great Marianna Bulgarelli (La Romanina: 1684 - 1734) it is a wonderfully 'splashy' coloratura aria.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Gli Orti Esperidi
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Porpora: Vaghi amori
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Imeneo's opening aria from 'La Festa d'Imeneo' Written for Farinelli in 1736 as part of a Serenata composed for the wedding of the Prince of Wales, this is a virtuosic piece with a great deal of room for embellishment.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from La Festa d'Imeneo
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Vinci: Fiumicel, che s'ode appena
Forces: soprano, oboe, strings & continuo

One of the stunning arias in Semiramide (1729) written for the soprano castrato Carlo Scalzi. A classic 'Little brooks and little breezes' aria with some virtuosic requirements for the singer. Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli; Segnatura: 32.4.11

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Semiramide
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Vinci: Incerto dubbioso mio vago tesoro
Forces: alto, strings & continuo

From Il Medo (Parma 1728), an opera which starred Farinelli, this is a delightful aria for alto and strings. "Uncertain and doubting...I go without fear to fight the barbarous Gods and Heaven itself.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 2462

Range: b - e'

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Il Medo
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Vinci: Innamorata dolce mia fiamma
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Love and the pain of love burn strong in this virtuosic aria written for Farinelli in Il Medo (Parma, 1728).

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 4262
Range: d - b''
Editor: James Sanderson
Aria from Il Medo
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Vinci: Navigante che non spera
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

The image of the sailor returning to the shore characterises this virtuosic aria written for Farinelli in Il Medo (Parma, 1728).

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 4262

Range: c - b flat''

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Il Medo
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Vinci: Non è più folle lusinga
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

A beautiful aria from Il Medo (Parma, 1728). Rejecting the adoration of the crowds, the singer relies on the affections of his beloved.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 4262

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Il Medo
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Vinci: Scherzo dell'onda instabile
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

The strong image of waves playing on the beach in this virtuosic aria written for Farinelli from Il Medo (Parma, 1728).

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 4262

Range: c - b flat''

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Il Medo
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Vinci: Vol solcando un mar crudele
Forces: soprano, 2 horns, strings and continuo

Arbace 's aria in scene xv of Act I of Vinci's opera Artaserse (Rome 1730). Classic simile aria with real coloratura requirements for the singer. Excellent accompagnato recit. to begin the scene as well.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Artaserse
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