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A Dictionary of Opera Characters

Joyce Bourne

(Strauss: Die schweigsame Frau). Sop. Wife of Henry, the nephew of Sir Morosus. She and her husband run a troupe of travelling singers and actors. Morosus has disinherited Henry and disapproves of Aminta. When Morosus announces his intention of taking a wife, the young couple realize they must intervene or they will lose their inheritance. Aminta poses as ‘Timida’, a quiet and demure young woman, and Morosus decides to marry her. A mock wedding is arranged, but as soon as they are safely ‘married’, ‘Timida’ turns into a noisy, bossy, and inconsiderate wife and Morosus becomes desperate. Aminta feels guilty about deceiving the old man in this way and causing him so much distress. Eventually, she and Henry throw off their disguises and admit it has all been a deception. Fortunately for them, Morosus is able to see the joke. Created (... ...

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