Nottingham, Sara, Countess of

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(Donizetti: Roberto Devereux). Mez. Is loved by and loves Devereux, but while he was in Ireland she was forced into marriage with the Duke of Nottingham. Devereux gives her a ring given to him by the Queen and which will guarantee his safety. Sara gives him a scarf, which is found near his heart when he is arrested and searched. It is recognized by the Queen and by Nottingham, who both realize the significance of it. When Devereux is sentenced to death, her husband delays her taking the ring to the Queen until it is too late to reprieve Devereux. Aria: All'afflitto è dolce il pianto (‘Weeping is sweet to one who sorrows’). Created (1837) by Almerinda Granchi.

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