IL TROVATORE
Act IV Sc.1 "The Miserere"




Lady Leonora keeps a lonely vigil outside a tower of Aliaferia castle, in which her beloved Manrico is imprisoned. She voices the hope that Manrico will be sustained by her love for him and not give way to despair. From within the castle the voices of monks are heard chanting a "Miserere" for the doomed prisoner Manrico. Then, as Manrico's voice is heard from the tower, Leonora joins in, creating a beautiful and highly dramatic ensemble. Now the Count DiLuna enters and Leonora suggests that she will belong to the Count, if he will release Manrico. DiLuna is delighted with the proposal, but insists Leonora vow to be his, as the scene concludes.



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