Mme Arvidson

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(Verdi: Un ballo in maschera). (Ulrica in the Amer. vers.) Cont. A negro fortune‐teller, she is accused of sorcery and is to be exiled, but the pageboy Oscar begs the King to show mercy. The King goes in disguise to her quarters to see for himself what she does. She reads his palm and tells him he will soon die, slain by the first man to shake hands with him. Arias: Re dell'abisso, affrettati (‘King of the abyss, make haste’); Dunque ascoltate (‘Then listen to me’). In this role, in 1955, Marian Anderson became the first black singer to appear on the stage of the New York Metropolitan Opera. Created (1859) by Zelinda Sbriscia.

Subjects: Opera.

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