from Prologue of the Italian opera Simon Boccanegra
by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave
Role: Jacopo Fiesco
, a noble of Genoa and grandfather of Amelia, later goes by the name of Andrea
Voice Part: bass Fach: lyric bass
Setting: A square, Genoa, mid 14th century
Synopsis: Fiesco sings sorrowfully that his daughter Maria has died. He rages against the absent Simon Boccanegra and then accuses the Virgin Mary of not protecting his daughter. After realizing that he has committed blasphemy, he prays to her, hoping that she will forgive him.