from Act I, Scene 1 of the Italian opera L'Elisir d'Amore
by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto: Felice Romani
, the Sergeant of the village garrison
Voice Part: baritone Fach: lyric baritone
Setting: The lawn of Adina's farm in an Italian village, 19th century
Synopsis: Belcore enters, salutes her, and presents her with a bouquet of flowers. He then proceeds to propose to her. Believing that she is responding favorably, he explains it by singing that it is no wonder, since he is a sergeant and women like a military man.