Ombra Mai Fu

from Wikipedia:

Ombra mai fu” is an aria from the opera Serse (Xerxes) by George Frideric Handel.

The title, which translates from the Italian as Shade there never was, is the first aria of the opera. It is sung by the main character, Serse (or “Xerxes”), in praise of a tree’s shade as he sits underneath it. It is commonly known as Handel’s “Largo”, although the original tempo was larghetto. The opera was a commercial failure, lasting only five performances in London after its premiere. In the 19th century, however, the aria was rediscovered and became one of Handel’s best-known pieces. It has often been arranged for other instruments, including solo organ, piano, violin and piano, and groups of strings, often with the full title “Largo from Xerxes.” Handel adapted the aria from the setting by Bononcini who in turn adapted it from the setting by Francesco Cavalli. All three composers had produced settings of the same opera libretto by Niccolò Minato.

Ombra mai fu di vegetabile,
cara ed amabile,
soave più.
Never was there shade of vegetation
dear and amiable
More sweet

Here are three versions:
Yoshikazu Mera – counter-tenor

Jennifer Larmoremezzo soprano

this time sung by a soprano, falsetto, counter-tenor and a child

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