Jean de Procida

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(Verdi: Les Vêpres siciliennes). Bass. Ex‐leader of the Sicilian patriots against their French aggressors, he has returned from exile and is taking every opportunity to incite the people to rise up against their invaders. He is part of a plot to assassinate the French Governor, thwarted by the interception of the young Sicilian, Henri (who has discovered that he is the Governor's illegitimate son). Aria: Ô toi, Palermo (‘O, Palermo)’). [This character is based on the real Procida, a distinguished doctor born in Salerno and physician to Emperor Frederick II. Through his involvement in politics he became a conspirator of international repute and appears in history books.] Created (1855) by Louis‐Henri Obin.

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