Ravenswood, Edgar

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(Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor). Ten. There is long‐standing rivalry between his family and the Ashtons of Lammermoor. Lucia's brother Enrico, on learning that Edgardo and Lucia love each other, conspires to break up the relationship so his sister can marry Arturo Ashton and save the family fortune and reputation. While Edgardo is in France fighting the Stuart cause, Lucia reluctantly marries Arturo. Edgardo returns as the wedding ceremony finishes and accuses Lucia of betraying him. He curses her and the House of Lammermoor. Enrico challenges him to a duel, but after hearing that Lucia has gone mad and died, Edgardo kills himself with his sword. Aria: Tombe degl‘avi miei…(‘Tombs of my fathers’); duet (with Lucia): Sulla tomba (‘Over the tomb’); the famous sextet (with Enrico, Lucia, Raimondo, Arturo, and Alisa, which he opens in duet with Enrico): Chi mi frena in tal momento? (‘Who curbs me at such a moment?’). Created (1835) by Gilbert‐Luis Duprez.

Subjects: Opera.

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