from Act III of the French opera Les Contes d'Hoffmann
by Jacques Offenbach
Libretto: Jules Barbier
, the friend of Hoffmann
Voice Part: mezzo-soprano Fach: lyric mezzo
Setting: A room in Crespel's house, Munich, 19th century
Synopsis: Nicklausse sings of music and love, in an effort to persuade Hoffmann that artistic love is more important than romantic love.