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1 (Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro). Sop. or mez. Travesti role. A youth infatuated with the Countess Almaviva and sent to join the army by the Count. He jumps out of the Countess's bedroom window to avoid being discovered by the Count and his escape is noticed by the gardener, Antonio, who complains to the Count about his damaged plants below the window. Cherubino is loved by Barbarina (Antonio's daughter). Arias: Non so più (‘I no longer know …’); Voi che sapete (‘You who know’). Among well‐known exponents of this role, the most notable have been Giuditta Pasta, Luise Helletsgrüber, Sena Jurinac, Hilde Gueden, Suzanne Danco, Christa Ludwig, Edith Mathis, Tatyana Troyanos, Teresa Berganza, Frederica von Stade, Anne Sofie von Otter, Susanne Mentzer, Barbara Bonney, Susan Graham, Angelika Kirchschlager, and Magdalena Kožená. Created (1786) by Dorotea Sardi‐Bussani (whose husband created Bartolo and Antonio).

2 (Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles). Mez. Travesti role. He and Rosina (Countess Almaviva) had an affair many years ago and she bore him a son, Léon. They are all enlisted by Beaumarchais to help him rescue Marie Antoinette from her historical fate. Created (1991) by Stella Zambalis.

Subjects: Opera.

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