"Dio, che mi vedi in core . . . Sul suo capo . . . Va, infelice," soprano/mezzo-soprano duet from Act II of Gaetano Donizetti's opera Anna Bolena (Anne Boleyn).

Henry VIII of England divorced his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, in order to marry Anne Boleyn. When Anne did not bear him a son, he accused her of adultery and had her executed so that he could marry for a third time. In this scene, we see a dramatic version of the confrontation between Anne (Anna) and her attendant Jane Seymour (Giovanna), soon to replace her as queen.

May the longed-for crown turn to thorns upon her brow )
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