from Act V of the German opera Rienzi
by Richard Wagner
Libretto: Richard Wagner
Role: Cola Rienzi
, Roman tribune, brother of Irene
Voice Part: tenor Fach: dramatic tenor/heldentenor
Setting: a hall in the Capitol of Rome, Italy, middle of the 14th century
Synopsis: Rienzi has been excommunicated and reviled for attempting to free Rome from the bonds of the tyranny of the nobles. Meanwhile, his sister Irene is in love with one of the nobles. When she implies that he does not understand her because he has never been in love, he replies that he has loved Rome, which is like a woman to him. However, he now sees Rome falling to pieces around him and he is filled with sorrow.