from Act I, Scene 1 of the Italian opera I Masnadieri
by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Andrea Maffei
, Massimiliano's son, Francesco's brother
Voice Part: tenor Fach: spinto
Setting: the exterior of a tavern in Saxony, Germany, early 18th century
Synopsis: Carlo receives a letter from his brother Francesco warning him not to return home under threat of imprisonment. Rolla, Carlo's friend, suggests that he and the rest of Carlo's companions form a bandit company headed by Carlo. After disagreeing with this suggestion, Carlo accepts this idea and goes on to lead his companions in an oath of allegiance.