from Act III of the Italian opera Mefistofele
by Arrigo Boito
Libretto: Arrigo Boito
, a peasant girl, daughter of Marta
Voice Part: soprano Fach: spinto soprano
Setting: Margherita's prison cell, Germany, medieval times
Synopsis: Margherita has poisoned her mother and killed her illegitimate baby and now has been imprisoned. She sings of her insanity and her coming execution.