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from Act I, Scene 4 of the Italian opera I Due Foscari by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave

Role: Francesco Foscari, the Doge
Voice Part: baritone       Fach: dramatic baritone
Setting: the Doge's private rooms, Venice, 1457
Synopsis: Francesco is saddened that he has no control over his son being sentenced to exile. He sings of his regret that he does not have the strength to hold back his tears.
Range: Tessitura:
C3 - F4F3 - E4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Robert Glaubitz (added 1997-04-17)
O vecchio cor, che batti, Francesco's aria from I Due Foscari

O vecchio cor, che batti
Come a'prim'anni in seno,
Fossi tu freddo almeno
Come l'avel t'avrà.
Ma cor di padre sei;
Vedi languire un figlio,
Piangi pur tu, se il ciglio
Più lagrime non ha, no, no.
Sheet Music/Scores:
Anthology of Italian Opera - Baritone. Published by Ricordi. Available at and
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