from Act I, Scene 2 of the Italian opera Macbeth
by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave
Role: Lady Macbeth
, the wife of Macbeth
Voice Part: soprano Fach: dramatic coloratura
Setting: A hall in Macbeth's castle, Scotland
Synopsis: Lady Macbeth has just read a letter aloud from Macbeth saying that he has been appointed Thane of Cawdor and, right before he was appointed Thane, a group of witches prophesied that he would be both Thane and King soon. Told that King Duncan and Macbeth have arrived at the castle, she plans to "help" the prophecy along by killing Duncan and sings to herself, trying to convince herself not back out of her plan.