from Opera of the German opera Ariadne auf Naxos
by Richard Strauss
Libretto: Hugo von Hofmannsthal
, a member of a commedia dell'arte group
Voice Part: soprano Fach: lyric coloratura
Setting: on stage during an operatic performance of "Ariadne auf Naxos", a wealthy Viennese house, Vienna, Austria, 18th century
Synopsis: Zerbinetta decides to try once more to overcome Ariadne's despair. She speaks with her directly, saying that a woman must take responsibility for her own life and cannot be expected to remain faithful to one man for her entire life. Gaily and quite floridly she describes her romantic adventures, going through lists of names of men she enjoyed and how she let them seduce her.