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from Act III, Scene 2 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: A hall in the Foscari palace, Venice, 1457
Synopsis: After his son Jacopo has died, Francesco has been told by the Venetian Council of Ten that he should resign from his position as Doge because of his old age and recent losses. He vents his anger nobly, protesting that he does not deserve such a reward after all the years of service he has given his country and all the success he has brought Venice.
Range: Tessitura:
D#/Eb3 - F#/Gb4E3 - E4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Robert Glaubitz (added 1997-04-17)
Questa dunque è l'iniqua mercede, Francesco's aria from I Due Foscari

Questa dunque è l'iniqua mercede,
Che derbaste al canuto guerriero?
Questo han premio il valore e la fede,
Che han protetto e cresciuto l'impero?
A me padre un figliuolo innocente
Voi strappaste, o crudeli, dal core!
A me Doge pegli anni cadente
Or del serto si toglie l'onor!
Fra miei cari? Rendetemi il figlio :
Desso è spento...che resta?
Ah! rendete il figlio a me!
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