from Act II, Scene 3 of the Italian opera La Cenerentola
by Gioacchino Rossini
Libretto: Jacopo Ferretti
Role: Angelina (Cenerentola)
, Don Magnifico's step-daughter
Voice Part: contralto Fach: lyric mezzo
Setting: The throne room
Synopsis: Now married to Prince Ramiro, Cenerentola asks her husband to act upon her desire for vengeance - by granting a pardon to her relatives. She then goes on to sing that her life has been transformed by love as quickly as lightning. She continues, singing that she forgives all who wronged her before and wants only to embrace them. No longer by the cinders will she sing her sad song!