from Act I of the French opera Hérodiade
by Jules Massenet
Libretto: Paul Milliet
, wife of Hérode and mother of Salomé
Voice Part: mezzo-soprano Fach: dramatic mezzo
Setting: courtyard of Hérode's palace, Jerusalem during the reign of King Herod Antipas (30 AD)
Synopsis: Hérodiade curses Jean the prophet (John the Baptist), who has insulted her. She asks Hérode to have Jean arrested as retribution.