from Act II, Scene III of the German opera Die Zauberflöte
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto: Emanuel Schikaneder
, a Moor in the service of Sarastro, in charge of the temple slaves
Voice Part: tenor Fach: lyric tenor
Setting: Pamina's room
Synopsis: Monostatos sneaks into Pamina's room while she is sleeping and wishes that they could be together but knows that because he is black, he could never have her. He decides, though, that he must kiss her and, if anyone has a problem with it, then they don't have to watch.