from Act II, 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: the garden of a prison in Palermo, Sicily, 16th century
Synopsis: Claudio is in prison awaiting his execution for illegal fornication. Isabella has hatched a plan to save him by causing the Governor of Sicily to break his own law against fornication. However, to do this, she must give herself up to him. Claudio rages at the notion, saying nobly that he would gladly die to protect her honor.