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1 (Flotow: Martha). Mez. Maid to Lady Harriet Durham. Disguised as a peasant girl (Julia), she goes with her mistress (who is disguised as Martha), to the fair at Richmond. Created (1847) by Fr. Schwarz.

2 (Britten: Albert Herring). Works in her father's bakery. Girlfriend of Sid. She and Sid encourage Albert to ‘go off the rails'and support him when, by getting drunk and spending the night with girls, he earns the wrath of the village and his mother. Aria: What would Mrs Herring say? Created (1947) by Nancy Evans (who was then the wife of Walter Legge, who later married Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. Nancy Evans became the wife of the opera's librettist).

Subjects: Opera.


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