Ford, Nannetta

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(Verdi: Falstaff). Sop. Daughter of Ford and Alice. Her father plans to marry her to old Dr Caius but she is in love with young Fenton. She and Fenton join with her mother in teaching Falstaff—and Ford, for doubting his wife—a lesson. In the final scene in Windsor Park, Nannetta and her friends exchange garments with Fenton and his friends as she cleverly avoids being married to Caius, each of them being disguised. As their union is blessed by her father (under the impression that she has been married to Caius), fairies and goblins dance around the bemused Falstaff. When the truth is revealed, Ford accepts the situation with a good grace. Aria: Sul fil d'un soffio etesio (‘On the breath of winds’); duet (with Fenton): Labbra di foco! (‘Lips that are burning!). Created (1893) by Adelina Stehle.

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