Countertenor Franco Fagioli sings Scherza infida in grembo al drudo, an aria from the opera 'Ariodante' (HWV 33) composed by G. F.Handel. Premiered 8 Jan.1735 at Covent Garden. The role of Ariodante, a vassal prince, was originally sung by the mezzosoprano castrato Giovanni Carestini.
Scherza infida in grembo al drudo Io tradito a morte in braccio Per tua colpa ora men vo. Ma a spezzar l'indegno laccio, Ombra mesta, e spirto ignudo, Per tua pena io tornero.
Io t'abbraccio from Rodelinda, regina de' Longobardi, opera seria by George Frideric Handel, that premiered at the King's Theatre in the Haymarket in London on 13 February 1725, at the height of his career. This duet is sung between Rodelinda, Queen of Lombardy and Bertarido, the usurped King; the role of a king was originally sung by alto castrato while today it is sang by countertenors.
Lucy Crowe (Rodelinda) / Bejun Mehta (Bertarido)
Philippe Jaroussky (Bertarido) / Nuria Rial (Rodelinda)
Renée Fleming (Rodelinda) / Andreas Scholl (Bertarido)
I have a problem in my marriage, which is that I simply do not like George Frideric Handel as much as my husband does. It is a real barrier between us. I am envious of one couple we know, for example, who both love Handel so much they will sometimes fly all the way to Texas just to hear a particular tenor sing a part in one of his operas. By now, they have also converted another friend of ours into a lover of Handel. I am surprised, because the last time she and I talked about music, what she loved was Hank Williams. All three of them went by train to Washington, D.C., this year to hear Giulio Cesare in Egitto. I prefer the composers of the nineteenth century and particularly Dvořák. But I’m pretty open to all sorts of music, and usually if I’m exposed to something long enough, I come to like it. But even though my husband puts on some sort of Handel vocal music almost every night if I don’t say anything to stop him, I have not come to love Handel. Fortunately, I have just found out that there is a therapist not too far from here, in Lenox, Massachusetts, who specializes in Handel-therapy, and I’m going to give her a try. (My husband does not believe in therapy and I know he would not go to a Dvořák-therapist with me even if there was one.)