from Act IV of the Italian opera Le Nozze di Figaro
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte
, a spinster, former servant to Dr. Bartolo
Voice Part: mezzo-soprano Fach: lyric mezzo
Setting: The garden of Count Almaviva
Synopsis: Marcellina wonders aloud why birds and animals can love in peace, but a man always betrays his woman.