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Staatsoper Hannover

Trionfo – 'Lascia la spina'

Extracts | Handel

The character of Piacere (Nina van Essen) in Handel’s oratorio Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno has dedicated herself to forbidden pleasure.

In this extract, ‘Lascia la spina’, she sings about admiring the beauty of roses and not destroying that image with the thought of thorns. Her aria is echoed by La Bellezza (Sarah Brady) and Il Disinganno (Nicholas Tamagna). Like everything that became popular, Handel used this aria again and again without batting an eyelid; many people will know it as ‘Lascia ch’io pianga’ from Rinaldo.

The full performance is no longer available but other material about the production can be found here.