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Marguerite


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1 (Gounod: Faust). Sop. Sister of Valentin. She is loved by his friend Siebel. Faust falls in love with her and she bears his child. She is imprisoned for infanticide. Faust, aided by Méphistophélès, gets the key to her cell, but she refuses to leave with them. She prays to the Lord for forgiveness and dies. Aria: Ah! je ris de me voir (‘Ah! I laugh to see myself’)—the Air de Bijoux (the Jewel Song). Created (1859) by Marie Caroline Miolan-Carvalho. See also Margherita.

2 (Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots). See Valois, Marguerite de.

Subjects: Opera.


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