from Act I of the Italian opera Ascanio in Alba
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto: Abbate Giuseppe Parini
, the grandson of Venus and Aeneas
Voice Part: soprano Fach: male soprano|dramatic coloratura
Setting: an altar in the countryside
Synopsis: Ascanio has met his beloved for the first time. However, Venus has caused him to be mute in her presence. He complains to Venus that he cannot stand this situation because he longs to speak of her beauty.