(Donizetti: La Favorite). Ten. A young novice in the monastery where his father, Balthazar, is the abbot. He sees and falls in love with a woman, not knowing she is the ‘favourite’ of the King. He leaves the monastery and goes to the Island of Léon, where he meets Léonor, who will not tell him of her true position. He receives the King's consent to marry her, but after the wedding his father tells him the truth about his new wife. He returns to the monastery. As he is about to take holy orders, Léonor, now very ill, comes to see him for the last time. They confess their love for each other and she dies at his feet. Arias: Oui, ta voix m'inspire (‘Yes, your voice inspires me’); Ange si pure (‘Angel so pure’). Created (1840) by Gilbert‐Louis Duprez.