Librettist: Francesca Maria Piave
Based on The Two Foscari, a play by Lord Byron.
Venice, Italy in 1457.
Teatro Argentina, Rome, Italy; 3rd November 1844.
Jacopo has returned to his homeland to see his family despite being exiled years before for murder. As a result of the interception of a letter he wrote to the Duke of Sforza, he is sentenced to finish his life in exile. His father, the Doge, is powerless to save him. Another confesses to the murder, but it is too late as Jacopo dies upon leaving the shores of Venice. Lordano completes his vengeance by rousing the Council of Ten and Senators to demand the Doge's resignation. He does and as his successor is proclaimed, he dies.
Chorus of the Council of Ten
Dal più remoto esilio
Eccomi solo alfine
Notte! perpetua notte che qui regni!
Quartet: Ah, sì il tempo che mainon s'arresta
Ensemble: Queste innocenti lagrime
Tace il vento
Egli ora parte!
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