from Act I of the Italian opera Norma
by Vincenzo Bellini
Libretto: Felice Romani
, a Roman Proconsul
Voice Part: tenor Fach: spinto tenor
Setting: Night in the Druid's sacred forest, Gaul, around 50 B.C.
Synopsis: Pollione tells his friend Flavio that Norma has violated her vows as a priestess by having his two children. He declares that he is now in love with Adalgisa, a holy virgin in the temple. He has dreamed about taking Adalgisa to Rome, but it is bothering his conscience. In his dream, Norma has achieved his revenge upon him.