from Act I, Scene 1 of the Italian opera Un Ballo in Maschera
by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave
, Riccardo's secretary
Voice Part: baritone Fach: lyric baritone
Setting: A hall in the Governor's house, Boston, late 17th century.
Synopsis: Riccardo has been lightly dismissing the threats upon his life when Renato reminds him of his country's dependence upon him.