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ABOUT THE OPERA ARIA
From Rodelinda, HWV 19, Act III
Voice / Vocal Fach Soprano/ Mezzo/ Alto/ Countertenor
Original key G Major
Language Italian
Composer George Frideric Handel 1685 – 1759
Poet Nicola Francesco Haym 1678 – 1729
Range Mio caro bene
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Mio caro bene, a setting by Nicola Francesco Haym, was composed by George Frideric Händel in 1724 and premiered in 1725. This aria takes place in Act III of Rodelinda.

In 1725, year where Rosalinda was first premiered, Handel, aged 45 is an extremely famous composer in England. Born in Halle (today situated in Germany), he had spent, in his mid-twenties, several years in Italy, learning how to master Italian opera. He chose to settle in London around 1711 and since then, composed Italian operas for the English public, in great number: In 1724, year where Rosalinda was composed, Handel also wrote no less than Tamerlano and Gulio Cesare!

Mio caro bene is to be sung by Rodelinda towards the end of Act III. The first act opens on Queen Rodelinda crying the loss of her husband Bertarido. He was defeated by Grimoaldo who, then, stole his throne. Grimoaldo enters and proposes to marry Rodelinda who rejects his offer with disgust. The sister of Rodelinda, Eduige whom Grimoaldo had often asked to marry, enters under shock. She sees his proposal to her sister as a betrayal and lets him know. As he leaves, Garibaldo, a count secretly in love with Eduige comes in and offers her the head of Grimoaldo. She refuses and leaves the room. Garibaldo, alone, swear he will succeed in taking the throne back for himself. In the next scene, Bertarido, the legitimate king, everyone believes dead, sees his tomb and expresses his sadness. He hides as Rodelinda arrives at his tomb with Flavio. Grimoaldo soon follows. He threatens to kill Flavio if she refuses again to marry him. She is forced to agree but swears she will have revenge. Bertarido from afar believes Rodelinda has betrayed their marriage.

Act II opens on Garibaldo setting his plan into action. He lets Eduige know, Rodelinda has accepted to marry Grimoaldo. Eduige furiously insults Rodelinda and vows vengeance against Grimoaldo she still loves. As she leaves, Grimoaldo enters and wants confirmation from Rodelinda that she will marry him. She says she accepts on the condition he will kill Flavio in front of her. Horrified Grimoaldo leaves. Garibaldo tries to convince him to do so but he refuses. Garibaldo meets Unulfo and tells him about his horrible plan. Meanwhile Bertarido in disguise is recognized by Eduige. She arranges a secret meeting between Bertarido and his wife but they are discovered by Grimoaldo who vows to kill the intruder.

In Act III, Eduige and Unulfo conspire in order to liberate Bertarido. Grimoaldo is having regrets and his conscience is making him struggle on what decision to take. In the meantime, Unulfo succeeds in freeing Bertarido, so when Rodelinda arrives to visit him she is desperate and fears the worst. Grimoaldo is still dealing with his conscience crisis and eventually falls asleep. Garibaldo enters and decides to kill him in his sleep. Bertarido surprises him and kills Garibaldo first. He, however, spares Grimoaldo who gladly gives him the throne back. He accepts to marry Eduige and Rodelinda expresses her immense joy in her aria: Mio caro bene.

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