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Leonora


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1 (Verdi: Il trovatore). Sop. A duchess, Lady‐in‐Waiting to the Princess of Aragon. She is loved by Count di Luna and also by the troubador Manrico—she has heard the latter serenading below her window and loves him. The two men fight in battle and she believes Manrico has been killed and vows to enter a convent. She is prevented by the appearance of Manrico, who is about to marry her when he hears that the gypsy Azucena, whom he regards as his mother, has been arrested by the Count's troops. Attempting to rescue her, he is imprisoned with Azucena. To save him, Leonora offers herself to di Luna—but she has taken poison hidden in her ring to avoid the consequences of her offer. As she releases Manrico from prison, she dies at his feet. Aria: Tacea la notte placida (‘It was a peaceful night’); D'amor sull'ali rosee (‘Go forth, on rosy wings of love’)—this is the aria sung in counterpoint to the famous Miserere, which is sung by Manrico (with chorus) from his prison cell. Created (1853) by Rosina Penco.

2 (Donizetti: La Favorite). See Guzman, Léonor di.

3 (Verdi: La forza del destino). See Vargas, Donna Leonora di.

See also Leonore.

Subjects: Opera.


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