from Act I, Scene 1 of the Italian opera Ernani
by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave
Voice Part: tenor Fach: spinto
Setting: A deserted area in the mountains of Saragossa, Spain, 1519
Synopsis: After disclosing his love for Elvira to his men in the first part of the aria, Ernani goes on in this cabaletta to speak of his love to Elvira directly, even though she is not there.