from Act I, Scene 5 of the German opera Fidelio
by Ludwig van Beethoven
Libretto: Joseph Sonnleithner
, the overseer of the prison
Voice Part: baritone Fach: dramatic baritone
Setting: The courtyard of a prison close to Seville
Synopsis: Pizarro is holding Florestan illegally as a prisoner deep in his dungeons. He has received a letter that the Minister (Fernando) will soon be arriving and will be inspecting the prison to make sure that every prisoner is being legally held. Pizarro knows that he will be in deep trouble if Florestan is found so he decides that he will solve everything by killing Florestan immediately.