Guy de Montfort

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(Verdi: Les Vêpres siciliennes). Bar. French Governor of Sicily since the invasion. Years ago he had an affair and the lady, now dying, has informed him that Henri—his enemy—is his son. Henri refuses to own that Montfort is his father, but he does thwart an assassination attempt by Sicilians, including the lady he loves, Hélène, on the Governor's life. Hélène is imprisoned and in return for her release he agrees to acknowledge Montfort as his father. Montfort now gives his blessing on the young couple, who plan their wedding, but too late they learn that the ringing of the wedding bells is the signal for a Sicilian uprising. The French are massacred. Aria: Au sein de la puissance (‘In the midst of power’). Created (1855) by Marc Bonnehée.

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