Lascia ch'io pianga

Rinaldo is an opera in three acts with music by Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759) and a libretto in Italian by Giacomo Rossi based on the epic poem of The Liberated Jerusalem by Torquato Tasso. It was premiered at Haymarket's King's Theater in London in 1711, and featured the two most famous castrati of the time, Nicolò Grimaldi "Nicolini" and Valentino Urbani.

The aria Lascia ch’io pianga, perhaps Händel's most famous, has few words, but its music is so sublime that it pierces the soul like few others. It is a sigh to free oneself from the chains and embrace freedom.

Why have we chosen it?

Because of its beauty and because we all miss freedom in these times of isolation due to the pandemic.

Lascia ch'io pianga
mia cruda sorte,
e che sospiri
la libertà;
e che sospiri...
e che sospiri...
la libertà.

Il duolo infranga
queste ritorte
de' miei martiri
sol per pietà;
de' miei martiri
sol per pietà.

Let me cry
my cruel destiny,
and that I sigh
for freedom;
and to sigh...
and to sigh...
for freedom.

Let the pain break
these chains
of my martyrdoms
just out of pity;
of my martyrdoms
just out of pity.