Sir Roderic Murgatroyd

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(Sullivan: Ruddigore). Bass. Leads the Murgatroyd ancestors out of their portraits to act as judges on Robin (Sir Ruthven), who does not want to fulfil the family curse which he has inherited—he is required to commit a crime a day. Robin is able to prove that Roderic should never have died, so he is able to remain out of his portrait and marry his old lover, Dame Hannah. Aria: The ghosts’ high noon. Created (1887) by Richard Temple.

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