from Act III, Scene 1 of the French|Italian opera Les Vêpres Siciliennes (I Vespri Siciliani)
by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Eugène Scribe
Role: Guy de Montfort (Guido di Monforte)
, the Governor of Sicily under the rule of Charles d'Anjou, king of Naples
Voice Part: baritone Fach: dramatic baritone
Setting: a room in Montfort's palace, Palermo, 1282
Synopsis: Montfort finds out that the son he had with a Sicilian woman eighteen years ago is one of the Sicilian rebels. He goes on to sing that, although he feels distanced from the rest of society because of his power, his life is kept buoyant with the news of his son being alive.