from Act II of the Italian opera La Fanciulla del West
by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto: Guelfo Civinini
, the owner of The Polka Saloon
Voice Part: soprano Fach: spinto soprano
Setting: Minnie's cabin outside of a mining camp at the foot of Cloudy Mountain, USA, 1849-50
Synopsis: Dick Johnson has come for supper. He mentions that it must be somewhat lonely up in the hills at Minnie's cabin. She responds enthusiastically, saying that it isn't lonely at all. She finds joy, peace, and excitement in the natural beauty of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the meadows and valleys that lie in-between them.