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Léonor de Guzman


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(Donizetti: La Favorite). Mez. She is the King's ‘favourite’—he wants to divorce the Queen and marry her. She lives on the Island of Léon with her confidante, Inès. To the island comes Fernand, who has fallen in love with her without knowing who she is. He has left his monastery to follow her. She will not marry him under false pretences, but her efforts to tell him the truth fail. After their wedding his father, the Abbot Balthazar, tells him that his new wife was the King's mistress. Fernand flees to the monastery. Léonor, sick and dying, disguises herself as a novice and goes to see him one last time. They declare their love for each other and she dies at his feet. Aria: Ô mon Fernand (‘O my Fernand’). Created (1840) by Rosine Stoltz.

Subjects: Opera.


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