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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.
Range: Tessitura:
F#/Gb2 - C#/Db4C#/Db3 - A#/Bb3
Translations/Aria Texts:
Libretto entered by Robert Glaubitz (added 1997-05-11)
Il lacerato spirito, Fiesco's aria from Simon Boccanegra

A te l'estremo addio,
Palagio altero, 
Freddo sepolcro dell'angiolo mio!
Nè a proteggerti valsi!
Oh maledetto! Oh vile seduttore!
E tu, Vergin, soffristi
Rapita a lei la verginal corona?
Ah! che dissi? Deliro!
Ah, mi perdona!

Il lacerato spirito del mesto genitore
Era serbato a strazio d'infamia e di dolore.
Il serto a lei de'martir pietoso il cielo diè...
Resa al fulgor degli angeli, 
Prega, Maria, per me.
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