from Act III of the French opera Benvenuto Cellini
by Hector Berlioz
Libretto: Léon de Wailly
Role: Benvenuto Cellini
, a goldsmith
Voice Part: tenor Fach: spinto
Setting: In front of Cellini's house, Rome, 1532
Synopsis: Cellini has been told that another has been commissioned to finish his masterpiece, the "Perseus". He refuses to allow that to happen and sets about casting the work. He sings of his joy while casting.