from Act III of the Italian opera I Puritani
by Vincenzo Bellini
Libretto: Count Carlo Pepoli
Role: Lord Arturo Talbot
, a Cavalier, in love with Elvira
Voice Part: tenor Fach: tenor leggiero
Setting: a terrace in a wooded park near Elvira's dwelling place, Plymouth, England, during the English Civil War (1649)
Synopsis: Arturo declares he will be happy to die with Elvira. The more vengeful Roundheads demand his execution. Arturo bids "addio" to Elvira one last time, and asks his enemies to control their anger while in the presence of his beloved Elvira, for she is weakened.