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Giulia


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(Spontini: La vestale). Sop. Forced by her father to become a Vestal virgin, she still loves Licinius. They meet at night when she is guarding the sacred flame. Too late, they realize it has gone out. Giulia is condemned to death—she will not reveal her lover's name. As she descends into her tomb, lightning strikes and the flame is rekindled—Vesta has forgiven her and she and Licinius are reunited. A famous role for Rosa Ponselle and Maria Callas. Aria: Te che invoco con orrore (‘You, whom I invoke with horror’). Created (1807) by Alexandrine Caroline Branchu.

Subjects: Opera.


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