from Act I of the Italian opera La Fanciulla del West
by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto: Guelfo Civinini
, the owner of The Polka Saloon
Voice Part: soprano Fach: spinto soprano
Setting: The Polka Saloon in a mining camp at the foot of Cloudy Mountain, USA, 1849-50
Synopsis: After Jack Rance has told him that he loves her, Minnie replies that she needs nothing from him because she has fond memories of her family. Besides, she wouldn't take a husband unless she loved him as he loved her.