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O combats, o désordre extrême is the aria of Narcissus in the opera’s second act. Apollo has put him under a spell: the reflection by which he is enraptured is not his own, but what appears to be, by magic, that of a beautiful water-goddess. This aria tells of his confusion and passion and is sung just before Narcisse is restored to his senses by a clap of Apollo’s thunder.
from notes by Graham Johnson © 1999
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