Jacopo, the son of the Doge Francesco Foscari, has been accused of murder and banished from Venice. Homesick, he writes to the Duke of Milan and asks him to intercede with the City Council. The letter is intercepted, and Jacopo is brought back to Venice for further investigation. I due Foscari was Verdi’s sixth opera and is based on Lord Byron’s play The Two Foscari. Rich in intrigue, the plot tells of the final days of the famous Venetian doge, Francesco Foscari, and his illegal overthrow in 1457. The opera was first performed at the Teatro Argentina in Rome in November 1844. Leo Nucci is a renowned Italian operatic baritone, who has enjoyed a very successful career, particularly in the repertoire of Giuseppe Verdi. He has performed the role of Rigoletto more than 400 times.
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