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(Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila). Ten. A good‐natured magician. He helps Ruslan find the abducted Lyudmila and provides the ring to break the evil spell put upon her. Aria (one of the longest in all opera): Lyubyézni sin! Oozh ya zabíl otchízni dálnoï oogryúmi kraï (‘My dear son, I have long forgotten my own gloomy homeland’). Created (1842) by Leon Leonov (the illegitimate son of John Field, the Irish composer and pianist).

Subjects: Opera.

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