Marguerite de Valois

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(Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots). Sop. Sister of the French king, betrothed to the Huguenot Henri IV de Navarre. In support of her brother's wish to bring to an end the conflict between the Catholics and the Huguenots, she encourages the love between the Catholic Valentine and the Huguenot Raoul, allowing her page to deliver messages for them. Aria: A ce mot s'anime et renaît la nature (‘At this word Nature revives and renews itself’); duet (with Raoul): Beauté divine, enchantresse (‘Beauty divine, enchantress’). Created (1836) by Julie Dorus‐Gras.

Subjects: Opera.

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