from Act I, Scene 4 of the German opera Fidelio
by Ludwig van Beethoven
Libretto: Joseph Sonnleithner
Voice Part: bass Fach: heavy bass
Setting: The courtyard of a prison close to Seville
Synopsis: Fidelio (who is really Leonora) has done a good job for Rocco. Rocco promises Fidelio that he will reward Fidelio by betrothing Fidelio to his daughter, Marzelline. He sings that a happy marriage needs one more thing besides love, though, and that is gold. He sings that gold makes a happy house and, without gold, love means nothing. Who can be happy if you are hungry all the time?