from Act IV (Act III in four-act version), Scene 2 of the Italian|French opera Don Carlos
by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Joseph Méry
, Marquis of Posa
Voice Part: baritone Fach: lyric baritone
Setting: The prison cell of Carlos, Madrid, Spain, 1559
Synopsis: Rodrigo has planned to save Carlos from his sentence of death for treason by confessing falsely to having committed the treason himself, thus proving Carlos innocent. He knows that he will be killed, but he does not mind laying his life down for Carlos. He asks Carlos not to mourn for him, for God will see them both reunited in Heaven.