from Act III of the Italian opera Otello
by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Arrigo Boïto
, a General in the Venetian Army and a Moor, married to Desdemona
Voice Part: tenor Fach: dramatic tenor
Setting: The great hall of the castle.
Synopsis: Otello questions Desdemona about her relationship to Cassio and, receiving no satisfactory answer, he commands her to leave. After she is gone, Otello asks God why he has afflicted him in this manner.