from Act II, Scene 2 of the Italian opera Falstaff
by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Arrigo Boito
Role: Sir John Falstaff
, a fat knight
Voice Part: baritone Fach: heavy bass
Setting: Ford's house, Windsor, England, early 15th century
Synopsis: While attempting to seduce Mistress Ford, Falstaff tells about his youth when he was thin and handsome and the page of the Duke of Norfolk.