from Act III of the Italian opera La Bohème
by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa
Voice Part: soprano Fach: lyric soprano
Setting: The barrière d'Enfer, on the outskirts of Paris
Synopsis: Rodolfo and Mimi have had a fight, with Rodolfo saying that Mimi has been flirting with other men. However, the real reason he wants to separate from Mimi is because she is very sick and he cannot bear to watch her die. He reveals this to Marcello, but Mimi overhears him and, after Marcello leaves, she comes to him and asks him to return all of her possessions to her former room.