"Tu fosti tradito," mezzo-soprano aria from Mozart's opera La Clemenza di Tito (The Clemency of Titus). This opera is set in ancient Rome during the reign of the emperor Titus. In this aria, Annio pleads with the emperor to spare his friend's life.


Tu fosti tradito,
È degno di morte,
Ma il core di Tito
Pur lascia sperar.
Deh! prendi consiglio,
Signor, dal tuo core,
Il nostro dolore
Ti degna mirar!

You were betrayed,
he is worthy of death;
but Titus's heart
still allows us to hope.
Ah! take counsel,
my lord, from your heart;
deign to look upon
our grief!
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