from Act II, Scene 1 of the Italian opera Falstaff
by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Arrigo Boito
, a wealthy man, married to Alice Ford
Voice Part: baritone Fach: lyric baritone
Setting: Inside the Garter Inn, Windsor, England, early 15th century
Synopsis: Ford has been alerted to Falstaff's plan to seduce his wife. He dresses in disguise and offers Falstaff money to help him seduce his own wife (although Falstaff doesn't know this because Ford is in disguise!). When Falstaff tells him that he has already "made the acquaintance" of the lady and leaves him there, Ford becomes angry and worries about the possibility of his wife betraying their marriage vows and actually giving in to Falstaff's advances.