from Act III of the Italian opera Orfeo ed Euridice
by Christoph Willibald Gluck
Libretto: Ranieri Calzabigi
, son of the Muse of music, husband of Euridice
Voice Part: mezzo-soprano Fach: lyric mezzo
Setting: The road from the underworld to the world of the living
Synopsis: Orfeo has been allowed to bring back his wife from Hades as long as he does not look upon her face until they are back on earth. However, urged by Euridice, he turns around and looks at her and she immediately dies. Grief-stricken, he wonders what he will ever do without his love.