from Act II, Scene 1 of the Italian opera Macbeth
by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave
Role: Lady Macbeth
, the wife of Macbeth
Voice Part: soprano Fach: dramatic coloratura
Setting: A hall in Macbeth's castle, Scotland
Synopsis: Macbeth has murdered King Duncan. However,the prophecy that proclaims that he will become both Thane and King also predicts that Banco will be the father of kings. Determined not to let this happen, Macbeth finally decides halfheartedly to kill Banco as well. After he leaves, Lady Macbeth declares that this pretender (Banco) to the throne will be extinguished soon because this situation requires it.