Georg Friedrich Händel: Per le porte del tormento (opera Sosarme) – Ann Hallenberg, Monica Piccinini, Europa Galante, Fabio Biondi

“Per le porte del tormento “ George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Ann Hallenberg (Tirinto) & Monica Piccinini (Rosmene)

Europa Galante with Fabio Biondi, conductor

From a recording of Handel’s late opera Imeneo, given in its serenade-style 1742 Dublin version.

This duet was originally from Handel’s opera Sosarme which had its premiere in 1732. This duet was apparently very popular in Handel’s day and was often extracted for concert performance.


Per Ie porte del tormento

passan I’anime a gioir!

Sta il contento del cordoglio sul confine;

Non v’è rosa senza spine,

Né piacer senza martir.


TRANSLATION: Through the gates of suffering souls must pass to finally gain pleasure! Contentment stands at the edge of grief;

There is no rose without thorns, Nor pleasure without suffering CD available from Glossa:…

Photography: NYC Dance Project by Ken Browar and Deborah Ory

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