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(Tippett: The Midsummer Marriage). Sop. Daughter of King Fisher. Engaged to Mark, whom she is about to marry. She is something of a feminist before her time, determined not to be submerged by Mark's natural masculinity. ‘I want truth, not love’, she declares as she postpones her wedding and sets out ‘to find herself’. Her father assumes she has eloped with Mark and tries to follow her, but is unable to open the gates through which she has disappeared. She and Mark ultimately find what each is looking for and are reunited. Created (1955) by Joan Sutherland (four years before her famous Covent Garden Lucia precipitated her into the megastar class).

Subjects: Opera.

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