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1 (Sullivan: Iolanthe). Bar. Son of the fairy Iolanthe and the mortal Lord Chancellor, a fairy ‘down to the waist’. An Arcadian shepherd, he is in love with Phyllis, ward of the Lord Chancellor who also wants to marry her. Iolanthe reveals herself to her husband in order to plead for her son. Aria: Good morrow, good mother; duet (with Phyllis): None shall part us from each other. Created (1882) by Richard Temple.

2 (Tippett: The Midsummer Marriage). Dancer. Leader of the dancers who perform the Ritual Dances in front of the temple on midsummer day. At the end, as Mark and Jenifer are united, he dies at their feet—the ultimate sacrifice. Created (1955) by Permin Trecu.

Subjects: Opera.


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