from Act I, Scene 2 (Act II of "La Prise de Troie") of the French opera Les Troyens
by Hector Berlioz
Libretto: Hector Berlioz
, a prophetess of Troy, fiancee of Chorèbe
Voice Part: soprano Fach: dramatic soprano
Setting: in front of the Trojan fortress, Troy, around 1200 BC
Synopsis: Joyous in their apparent victory over the Greeks, the Trojans begin to bring the giant wooden horse left behind by the Greeks inside their fortress. The horse has been dedicated to Pallas in thanks for the victory and will be placed in the temple to honor the goddess. Cassandre realizes that there may be more at work than meets the eye, however, and predicts that bringing the horse inside the palace will cause the fall of Troy..