Jeremy Ovenden plays the role of Bajazet in Handel’s opera TAMERLANO and here he performs the famous aria “Figlia mia non pianger, no”. The production, directed by Pierre Audi, was staged in 2015 at La Monnaie.
In this wonderful Arioso, Bajazet, the defeated Ottoman Emperor, who is going to death, tries to comfort his beloved and hopeless daughter. The cradling rithm of the music, suggests that he is rocking his daughter in the same way he used to when she was a baby. It is an extraordinary musical piece, extremely dramatic.
Figlia mia, non pianger no!
Lascia allora uscire il pianto
Quando morto io nol vedrò.
Daughter of mine, do not cry, no!
Let out your cry
When I am dead, and cannot see it.
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