from Part II : The Man of the Cave, Scene I of the Italian opera I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata
by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Temistocle Solera
, son of Acciano
Voice Part: tenor Fach: spinto
Setting: a hall in Acciano's palace
Synopsis: Giselda, Arvino's daughter, has fallen into the hands of her father's enemy, Acciano. Oronte sees her and they fall in love with each other. He proceeds to lay out all his feelings for her in the first part of his aria. After he is warned by his mother that he will only be able to have her if he becomes a Christian, he states that he will become Christian for, as he sings in the cabaletta, if she believes in this god, he must be the true one. To him, she seems like an angel of purity and virtue.