from Act I of the Italian opera Il Rè Pastore
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto: Pietro Metastasio
, shepherd, in love with Elisa
Voice Part: soprano Fach: male soprano|lyric soprano
Setting: the countryside of Sidon
Synopsis: Alexander and Agenor have just approached Amintas and asked him if he would like to live an easier life than the one he is leading. They know that Amintas is really the legitimate heir to Sidon's throne. After they leave, Amintas restates his love for Elisa and his lifestyle in the recitative proceeding the aria. In the aria, he goes on to describe his life of green fields, fresh air and water, and simplicity as a shepherd. He then sings that if he were to change his life, the gods would have made that decision for him.