(Giordano: Fedora). Sop. A Russian princess, engaged to Count Vladimiro. She arrives in St Petersburg to find him dying from wounds inflicted by assassins thought to be Count Loris Ipanov and accomplices. She swears to avenge her fiancé. In Paris, she manages to make Loris fall in love with her, then accuses him of the crime. He confesses, but adds that it was an act of honour—he had discovered that his wife and Vladimiro were lovers. Now herself in love with Loris, Fedora goes to live with him in Switzerland. But the chain of investigation she has set in motion continues. Loris's brother is arrested and drowns while in prison and their mother dies of grief. Realizing that Fedora is responsible for hounding his family, Loris curses her. She swallows poison, begging his forgiveness as she dies. Aria: Dio di giustizia (‘O God of justice’). Created (1898) by Gemma Bellincioni.