Lord Henry Ashton of Lammermoor

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(Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor). Bar. Brother of Lucia. He has become embroiled in political movements against the King and has also lost most of the family fortune. To save himself on both scores, he arranges his sister's marriage to Arturo. Discovering her love for his old family rival, Edgardo, he conspires to prove to Lucia that Edgardo has been unfaithful. When Edgardo appears just after the wedding, Lucia goes mad. Aria: Cruda, funesta smania (‘A cruel, deadly frenzy’); the famous sextet (with Edgardo, Lucia, Raimondo, Arturo, and Alisa), which he opens in duet with Edgardo: Chi raffrena il mio furore (‘Who checks my fury?’). Created (1835) by Domenico Cosselli.

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