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Published on Feb 28, 2008
Cantata for soprano, barytone and orchestra, HWV 122 Aria: Felicissima quest'alma, ch'ama sol la liberta (Dafne)
Performed by Camerata Antiqua de Curitiba. Conductor Roberto de Regina; Fátima Alegria, Soprano; Leonardo Fuks, Oboe . Performed in 1986, Curitiba. Amateur magnetic tape recording. This is the first aria, for soprano, oboe and pizzicatto in the strings. Handel's Italian cantata "Apollo e Dafne" is considered as a "proto-opera". The amorous god Apollo spots a nubile young wood nymph called Dafne. He becomes entranced and then besotted with her and in the end his unwanted advances force her to reject him in the only way left open to her: she turns herself into a sweet-smelling laurel bush, (forever after known to gardeners as "Daphne") and Apollo is left to rue his heavy-handed technique, singing a heartbroken tribute to his lost love.