from Act I, Scene 2 of the Italian opera Ernani
by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave
, the niece and fiancee of Don Ruy Gomez
Voice Part: soprano Fach: dramatic coloratura
Setting: Elvira's rooms in Don Ruy Gomez de Silva's apartments, Spain, 1519
Synopsis: Elvira is in love with Ernani but is betrothed to her uncle Silva, She wishes that Silva would go away and stop chasing her and leave her alone to think about Ernani, who she continues to expound upon.