This aria is the theme song of emotional masochists. It’s for all those dear hearts that find it somehow more glorious or purifying or true to hope in the absence of possibility. Bononcini may as well have written this for hopeless dreamers. Even if you aren’t fluent in Italian, the lyrics are beautiful and well worth the read — I’ll link them below.
Translations of some of my favorite lines:
For the glory of adoring you, I want to love you.
In love I will suffer, but I will always love you.
I will learn this song, and upon my return to San Francisco, I will hold a concert. Perhaps on a rooftop.