from Act I of the Italian opera Turandot
by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto: Giuseppe Adami
Voice Part: soprano Fach: lyric soprano
Setting: The streets of Peking
Synopsis: Liú, Calaf, and Timur are in the midst of a processional to the execution of the Prince of Persia who attempted to win the Princess Turandot by answering three riddles. If he had given the correct answers, he would have married the Princess, but the price for incorrectly answering them was death. During the processional, Calaf catches a glimpse of Turandot, falls in love with her immediately, and decides to attempt to answer the three riddles. Liú sings this aria to beg him not to risk his life for the Princess.