from Act II of the Italian opera Ernani
by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave
Voice Part: tenor Fach: spinto
Setting: A hall in Don Ruy Gomez de Silva's castle, Spain, 1519
Synopsis: After singing the first part of this aria to his dead father, Ernani enters into this cabaletta singing of the vengeance he will exact for his father's death.