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(Donizetti: Don Pasquale). Sop. A young widow, the niece of Dr Malatesta. She is in love with Ernesto, Pasquale's nephew, but Pasquale disapproves of their relationship. She plots with Malatesta to trick Pasquale. She poses as Malatesta's demure sister Sofronia and ‘marries’ Pasquale in a fake ceremony. After the wedding she becomes a harridan, spending all his money and dominating him—he can't wait to return to peaceful bachelorhood. She deliberately drops a note where Pasquale will find it, and he learns that she is meeting her ‘lover’(Ernesto). He catches them together in the garden. He agrees to annul their marriage and offers his blessing on the young couple. Arias: So anch'io la virtù magica (‘I also know the magic virtue’). Created (1843) by Giulia Grisi (lifelong companion of G. M. Mario, the tenor who created Ernesto).

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