from Act I, Scene 1 of the Italian opera Ernani
by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave
Voice Part: tenor Fach: spinto
Setting: A deserted area in the mountains of Saragossa, Spain, 1519
Synopsis: Ernani discloses his love for Elvira to his bandits and says that, if he cannot have her, he will not be able to continue living.