from Act II, Scene 1 of the French opera Hamlet
by Ambroise Thomas
Libretto: Jules Barbier
, Prince of Denmark
Voice Part: baritone Fach: lyric baritone
Setting: Elsinore Castle, Denmark, 16th century
Synopsis: Hamlet meets with a troupe of actors that will perform a play for the court. With them, he sings a drinking song in which he calls for wine and laughter to dispel his sadness.