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For those who love and value beautiful singing Origen presents opening aria from opera Serse (Xerxes), which was a total failure of Handel on the London stage in 1738. In the 19th century, however, the aria was rediscovered and became one of Handel's best-known pieces.
The aria is preceded by a short recitativo accompagnato of nine bars, setting the scene ("Frondi tenere e belle").
Tender and beautiful fronds
of my beloved plane tree,
let Fate smile upon you.
May thunder, lightning, and storms
never bother your dear peace,
nor may you by blowing winds be profaned.
A shade there never was,
of any plant,
dearer and more lovely,
or more sweet.