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Vicomte Carlo di Sirval


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(Donizetti: Linda di Chamounix). Ten. In love with Linda, he is frightened to tell her his true identity in case it acts as a barrier to their relationship, and she knows him only as Carlo, a painter. They go to Paris and she lives with him in all innocence. There her father visits her and assumes she is Carlo's mistress. However, his mother is against their marriage and tries to persuade Carlo to marry a wealthy young aristocratic lady. When Linda hears of this she goes mad and returns to her parents’ home. Carlo follows her, his mother having at last agreed to their marriage, and he restores Linda's sanity by singing to her his old love‐song. Created (1842) by Napoleone Moriani.

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