from Act II, Scene 1 of the German opera Fidelio
by Ludwig van Beethoven
Libretto: Joseph Sonnleithner
, a prisoner, the husband of Leonora
Voice Part: tenor Fach: dramatic tenor/heldentenor
Setting: The dungeon of a prison near Seville
Synopsis: Imprisoned and close to death, Florestan sings that even though his life is now joyless, he can find solace because he has done his duty and he knows that what he did was right. He then thinks that he sees a vision of his wife Leonora coming as an angel to lead him to heaven.