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from Act II, Scene 1 of the Italian opera I Due Foscari by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave

Role: Jacopo Foscari, the son of Francesco Foscari
Voice Part: tenor       Fach: spinto
Setting: the state prisons, Venice, 1457
Synopsis: Jacopo is locked in the lower levels of the prison until he can be transported out of the country. He suddenly sees specters rise up around him. He recognizes one of them as a man executed as a result of the Venetian Council of Ten's ruling. As the ghosts advance, he sings of his terror and asks the ghosts to have mercy on him. Finally, as the ghost continues to come nearer, Jacopo faints.
Range: Tessitura:
G3 - A#/Bb4C4 - G4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Robert Glaubitz (added 1997-04-17)
Non maledirmi, o prode, Jacopo's aria from I Due Foscari

Non maledirmi, o prode
Se son del Doge figlio;
De'Dieci fu il Consiglio
Che a morte ti dannò.
Ah! me pure sol per frode
Vedi quaggiù dannato,
E il padre sventurat
Difendermi no può...
La vista orribile
Più sostener non so.
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