from Act I, Scene 1 of the Italian opera Simon Boccanegra
by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave
Role: Maria Boccanegra (Amelia)
, Simon Boccanegra's illegitimate daughter, goes by the name Amelia
Voice Part: soprano Fach: spinto soprano
Setting: the garden of the Grimaldi Palace, Genoa, mid 14th century.
Synopsis: Amelia looks into the distance and remembers her childhood. The sight of the moon and the sea together brings back the memory of the old woman who lived in a small hut by the sea and raised her from a small child. She promises never to let the extravagant surroundings of the palace make her forget her humble past.