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(Rubinstein: The Demon). Bar. He is a fallen angel, condemned to a life of suffering. Having arranged for Tamara's future husband to be killed, the Demon appears to her as in a vision. Only her love can end his suffering. Initially she rejects him but he gradually engages her sympathy by describing his own never-ending agony. When he kisses Tamara, she dies. Again he is doomed to loneliness and eternal suffering. Created (1875) by Ivan Mel'nikov.

Subjects: Opera.

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