Una furtiva lagrima
(A furtive tear) is the romanza
taken from Act II, Scene VIII of the Italian opera
, L'elisir d'amore
by Gaetano Donizetti
. It is sung by Nemorino (tenor
) when he finds that the love potion he bought to win his dream lady’s heart, Adina, works.
Nemorino is in love with Adina, but she isn't interested in a relationship with an innocent, rustic man. To win her heart, Nemorino buys a “love potion” with all the money he has in his pocket. The “love potion” is actually a cheap red wine sold by a traveling con man. But when he sees Adina weeping, he knows that she has fallen in love with him and the “Elixir” works.