from Act III, Scene 1 of the Italian opera Un Ballo in Maschera
by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave
, Riccardo's secretary
Voice Part: baritone Fach: lyric baritone
Setting: A room in Renato's house, Boston, late 17th century
Synopsis: Renato realizes that Amelia should not be the one to pay for cheating on him, but rather his treacherous best friend Riccardo. He decries his torment over his lost paradise.