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André Chénier

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Opera.

(1762–94),

French poet: visits London (Marylebone: Portman Sq. and St James's: Pall Mall). Bucoliques .

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Benvolio

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In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, a cousin and friend of Romeo.

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Bunthorne, Reginald

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Opera.

The principal male character in Gilbert and Sullivan's opera Patience, a ‘fleshly poet’, in whose person the Aesthetic Movement of the 1880s was caricatured.

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Charmian

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In Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra and Dryden's All for Love, Cleopatra's chief waiting woman.

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Claudio

Overview page. Subjects: Opera — Literature.

1 the lover of Hero in Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing;

2 the brother of Isabella and betrothed husband of Julietta in his Measure for Measure.

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Demetrius

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1 a character in Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus;

2 one of the young lovers in his A Midsummer Night's Dream;

3 Demetrius Fannius in...

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Diomede

Overview page. Subjects: Opera — Literary Studies (Early and Medieval).

(Walton: Troilus and Cressida). Bar. The Greek Prince of Argos, in love with the Trojan Cressida. Thinking Troilus has deserted her, Cressida agrees to marry Diomede. When Troilus returns,...

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Eduard Genast

Overview page. Subjects: Opera — Literature.

(b Weimar, 15 July 1797; d Wiesbaden, 3 Aug 1866).

German bass-baritone. Son of the singer and actor Anton Genast, a friend and colleague of J. W. von Goethe's, he ...

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Emilia

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Opera.

1 in Shakespeare's Othello, the plain‐spoken wife of Iago;

2 the lady loved by Palamon and Arcite in Chaucer's ‘The Knight's Tale’ (see Emelye), who also...

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Fleance

Overview page. Subjects: Opera — Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

(Verdi: Macbeth). Silent. A child, son of Banquo, who manages to escape when his father is assassinated. Creator (1847) unknown. A famous Fleance was the 12‐year‐old George Christie, who...

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