from Act II of the Italian opera Lucrezia Borgia
by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto: Felice Romani
Role: Lucrezia Borgia
, husband of Don Alfonso
Voice Part: soprano Fach: dramatic soprano
Setting: a ball at Princess Negroni's palace in Ferrara, Italy, early 1500's
Synopsis: As her son Gennaro drinks poison along with the rest of the party-goers at the ball, Lucrezia offers him the poison's antidote, begging him to drink. She tells him that he can hate her but that he shouldn't consign himself to death.