from Act III of the Italian opera Ernani
by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave
Role: Don Carlo
, the King of Spain
Voice Part: baritone Fach: dramatic baritone
Setting: An underground vault holding the tomb of Charlemagne, Aix-la-Chapelle, 1519
Synopsis: Waiting to expose a conspiracy to murder him, Don Carlo sings to the tomb of Charlemagne of the glories and the vanities of the world.