from Act I of the Italian opera Idomeneo
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto: Gianbattista Varesco
, King of Crete
Voice Part: tenor Fach: lyric tenor|spinto
Setting: the docks of Idomeneo
Synopsis: Shipwrecked, Idomeneo promised Neptune to sacrifice the first human that he met on Neptune's altar if he was saved from the shipwreck. He is indeed saved but imagines how the ghost of the sacrificed person will haunt him for his entire life.