Gérard, Carlo

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(Giordano: Andrea Chénier). Bar. Servant of the Contessa di Coigny, he is a leader of the peasants’ revolt and is secretly in love with the Contessa's daughter, Maddalena, who is in love with the poet Chénier. When Chénier is arrested, Maddalena begs Gérard to have him set free. He is unable to do so, but assists Maddalena to enter the prison so that she can die with Chénier. Aria: Nemico della patria (‘An enemy of his country’). Created (1896) by Mario Sammarco.

Subjects: Opera.

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