from Act III of the French opera Werther
by Jules Massenet
Libretto: Edouard Blau
, daughter of the Magistrate, Sophie's sister
Voice Part: mezzo-soprano Fach: lyric mezzo
Setting: the Magistrate's house at Christmas, Frankfurt, Germany, 1780
Synopsis: Charlotte confesses her sadness that she is not married to Werther. She breaks down in tears, saying that her heart is too empty for anything to fill it when he is away.