from Act I of the Italian|French opera Don Carlos
by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Joseph Méry
Role: Don Carlos
, Heir to the throne of Spain
Voice Part: tenor Fach: spinto
Setting: the Forest of Fontainebleau, near Paris, 1559
Synopsis: The peace treaty of Cateau-Cambresis is about to be signed. Don Carlos, alone in the forest, contemplates his engagement to Princess Elizabeth of Valois, daughter of the French King. Although he has to marry her in order to put an end to the war between France and Spain, he is excited about the prospect of marrying this beautiful woman.