from Act III, scene 3 of the Italian opera Un Ballo in Maschera
by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave
Voice Part: soprano Fach: lyric coloratura
Setting: A vast and rich ballroom splendidly illuminated and prepared for the festivities, Boston, late 17th century
Synopsis: Renato questions Oscar about the King's disguise. Oscar refuses to tell, replying with a mixture of taunting and series comments.