(Verdi: Stiffelio). Sop. Daughter of Count Stankar and wife of the Protestant minister Stiffelio. While he is away preaching, she has an affair with a young nobleman. Ignoring her father's advice, she confesses to Stiffelio, who is devastated by her betrayal and offers her a divorce. He forces her to sign papers annulling their marriage. She then asks him, no longer as her husband, but still as a minister, to hear her confession. He is so moved by her avowal of love for him that, by the passage he reads in church, he publicly forgives her adultery. Created (1850) by Marietta Gazzaniga (Malaspina). See also Mina.