“Torna sol per un momento” from Tolomeo e Alessandro ovvero la corona disprezzata (1711) by Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
Ann Hallenberg as Tolomeo with Il Complesso Barocco under Alan Curtis In this aria Tolomeo is visualizing his wife, wishing that she could appear before him and ease his pain.
It doesn’t take much imagination to see this depicted in the artwork of Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912) used in the video.
Libretto: Carlo Sigismondo Capece
Torna sol per un momento
ombra cara, ad apparir!
Ché se torni io son contento
con un’ombra di piacer
compensar ogni martir.
Dear shade, come back,
for just one moment,
For if you return
I shall be
happy to have
a shadow of jot make
up for all I suffer.
I made this video to commemorate the life and work of Alan Curtis (1934-2015)
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