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“Alma oppressa,” from La fida ninfa (Verona, 1732). *In this powerful aria di bravura…, in which the sensible Licori disdains the advances of the shepherd Osmino, the singer has to deal at the same time with a crazily virtuoso part and with vigorous orchestral writing. The dramatic intensity of the pastoral fable reaches its peak in the pitiless vocal acrobatics that vividly convey the righteous fury of the offended vestal virgin.*