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    Opera Heroines

    Glyndebourne has made a list of 6 of the best opera heroines.

    Who would you like to add?

    My vote is of course Minnie from La Fanciulla del West - brave, optimistic, stoical, resourceful and best of all NOT DEAD at the end.
    Natalie

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    I would add the Fevroniya from the The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya - her prayers for Grishka are the most beautiful qualities of humanity.

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    Agnes from Written on Skin maybe? Tosca is also very proactive as well! Maybe I just like morally ambiguous heroines who jump of tall buildings at the end!
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    How could they have omitted Leonore?? (Another one of my unbiased opinions. )

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    Haven't thought about it much but my two favorite opera heroines (in the real sense of being heroes and not just being rescued like Rosina in Barber of Seville) are Leonore (aka Fidelio) in Beethoven's Fidelio and Brunnhilde in Wagner's Ring.
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    I also like Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare. She's making it happen!
    Natalie

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    The Marschallin - she's wise beyond her years and skillfully mentors Octavian

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    I'd add Elisabeth of Valois in Don Carlo -- which is also why I argue for the five-act version of the opera. The Fontainebleau Act is crucial to understanding her character and motivation. Evidently, France and Spain have been at war, and the people are suffering in consequence. When peace is made contingent upon her marriage to Philip, they beg her to consent -- which she does to spare them further misery, even though it means giving up the man she loves. Afterward, she conscientiously tries to fulfill her duties as Queen and wife while dealing with that dysfunctional father and son. Carlo is so focused on himself that he doesn't seem to grasp the position his declarations of love are putting both of them in. Had she given way to his entreaties, she would have been guilty not only of adultery, but according to the religious views of the times, incest. It would have meant execution for treason for her and possibly him as well. (Kings, of course, were free to commit adultery as much as they wished, as evinced by Philip's liaison with Princess Eboli.) Elisabeth is one of the few uncompromised individuals in that entire opera.

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    I second the Marschallin and Elisabeth, but have to go with Brünnhilde as my first choice. More the Walküre Brünnhilde, though, than say the Götterdämmerung Act II Brünnhilde.

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    I like Tatiana.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    We shouldn't forget the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, who rises above the petty and epitomizes nobility with her forgiving the Count's scandalous behavior.

    Not to mention that Mozart lovingly gifted her with such noble music!

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    Leonore in Fidelio, Senta in the Flying Dutchman and Madama Butterfly.

    Nice, loyal and faithful women.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingvar View Post
    Leonore in Fidelio, Senta in the Flying Dutchman and Madama Butterfly.

    Nice, loyal and faithful women.
    Ah, I was just thinking I forgot Senta in my post above as I was opening this thread. How much more loyal can you get than for her to die for her man?
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    Umm. I'm not so sure they can be heroines if they die in the end...

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    Sorry mate, Senta is bonkers. Or Richard Wagner's wet dream. Or both.

    Anyway, she makes me feel a bit queasy.
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