from Act I, Scene 1 of the German opera Das Liebesverbot
by Richard Wagner
Libretto: Richard Wagner
, a young nobleman, friend of Luzio and brother of Isabella
Voice Part: tenor
Setting: in front of Danieli's tavern in a suburb of Palermo, Sicily, 16th century
Synopsis: Claudio has been arrested for breaking the new law against fornication and other immoral activities. If convicted, he will be sentenced to death. As he is being dragged away, he calls out to his friend Luzio to hurry to the convent where his sister Isabella is cloistered. He believes that only Isabella will be able to help him.