from Act IV, Scene 2 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 room in Macbeth's castle, Scotland
Synopsis: Lady Macbeth is sleep-walking and, with a doctor and woman looking on, proceeds to mimic washing her hands clean of the blood of those murdered in her husband's rise to the throne. She is not able to get it all off of her hands, though.