It is 1457. In the Hall of the Palazzo Ducale in Venice the Council of Ten and the members of the government are meeting together for an important decision. Loredano, member of the Council, and his friend Barbarigo arrive.
The two learn that the Doge, apparently calm and serene, has preceded them into the chambers: before entering, all must sing the praises of Venetian justice. Conducted out of
prison, Jacopo Foscari, son of the Doge, waits to be summoned before the Council: he salutes his beloved Venice that he has not seen for so long because exiled and banished from the city. An official tells him to hope for an act of clemency, but Jacopo rails against the atrocious hate he is the victim of. Lucrezia Contarini, wife of Jacopo, pleads his case before the Doge, who after all is his father, but, the Doge answers, she may ask and hope for justice only from heaven.
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