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Mary (c. 1278—1332) princess and Benedictine nun

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1 (Vaughan Williams: Hugh the Drover). Sop. Daughter of the Constable who wants her to marry the wealthy butcher, John. She falls in love with Hugh who fights John for her hand. Hugh is put in the stocks as a spy and Mary joins him there until they are both released to start their life together on the open road. Arias: In the night-time; Gaily I go to die; Here, queen uncrown'd. Created (1924) by Muriel Nixon.

2 (Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer). Cont. Senta's old nurse. Aria (with chorus): Du böses Kind (‘You idle girl!’). Created (1843) by Thérèse Wächter-Wittman (the wife of Michael Wächter, creator of the title-role).

3 (Zimmermann: Die Soldaten). Bar. Maj. Mary, in the French Army, is one of Marie's numerous seducers. Created (1965) by Camillo Meghor.

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