from Act I of the French opera La Fille du Régiment
by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto: Jean Francois Bayard
Voice Part: mezzo-soprano Fach: lyric mezzo
Setting: an army camp site in a valley in the Swiss Tyrolese Mountains, 1815
Synopsis: The Marquise and her townspeople sing of the invading Frenchmen and the lack of respect they show to the townspeople who have done them no wrong.