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1 (Donizetti: La Fille du régiment). A Tyrolean peasant who saves Marie when she nearly falls off a precipice. They fall in love and he hangs around the camp to see her again and is arrested as a spy. He joins the Grenadiers to be eligible to marry her. She is removed from the regiment by the Marquise de Birkenfeld to a château, so he and the rest of the Grenadiers follow her. When the Marquise sees how much they are in love, she gives her consent to their marriage. Duet (with Marie): De cet aveu si tendre (‘Of that vow so tender’). Created (1840) by Mécène Marié de l’Isle.

2 (Leoncavallo: Pagliacci). Bar. Disabled member of a troupe of strolling players, led by Canio, whose wife, Nedda, Tonio covets. Nedda rejects him and in revenge he tells Canio that she has a lover, with tragic results. In the prologue, he informs the audience of the drama to follow: Si può? Signore, Signori (‘By your leave, ladies and gentlemen’). Created (1892) by Victor Maurel.

Subjects: Opera.


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