from Act I, 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: A hall in the Foscari palace, Venice, 1457
Synopsis: Jacopo has been exiled from Venice and has now been brought before the Venetian Council of Ten (headed by his father) to face charges of murder. Assured that he will be presented with a easy sentence, he explodes into this cabaletta, singing his defiance and claiming that he is innocent and that he is only being kept by their hate for him.