from Act II of the German opera Die Tote Stadt
by Erich Korngold
Libretto: Paul Schott
, a young man whose wife, Marie, has died
Voice Part: tenor Fach: dramatic tenor/heldentenor
Setting: A quay outside of Marietta's house near a convent, Brussels, late 19th century
Synopsis: Paul hears the bells at the nearby convent (called the "Iron Confessors") and is reminded of his dead wife's funeral. He wants badly to see Marietta, who is the mirror image of his wife, but he is afraid at the same time.