Duke of Nottingham

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(Donizetti: Roberto Devereux). Bar. Husband of Sara, with whom Devereux (Earl of Essex) is in love. He realizes that Sara also loves Devereux. When Devereux is sentenced to death, he prevents his wife taking to Queen Elizabeth the ring which would be the sign for the Queen to reprieve Devereux, allowing her to go only when it is too late to save her lover. Aria: Forse in quel cor sensibile (‘Perhaps in that sensitive heart’). Created (1837) by Paolo Barroilhet.

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