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date: 21 February 2020

Aurora(i)locked

  • Carlos Suffern

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Opera in three acts and an intermezzo by Héctor Panizza to a libretto by Héctor Quesada and Luigi Illica ; Buenos Aires, Teatro Colón, 5 September 1908.

The story takes place in Córdoba, Argentina, during the Revolution of May 1810 and concerns the love of Aurora (soprano), the daughter of the royalist leader in the city, and Mariano (tenor), a young patriot on the Revolutionary side. He is arrested and condemned to death, but a friend of Aurora’s, Chiquita (soprano), enables them to meet and tries to help them flee. They escape but are surprised by the guard, and Aurora, fatally wounded, dies in the arms of her beloved, singing, ‘Mirad! Es la aurora, Dios la escribe en el cielo con el sol y en la tierra con mi sangre’ (‘Behold the dawn [aurora], God draws it on the sky with the sun and on the earth with my blood’). The sun symbolizes liberty on the flag and arms of Argentina, and dawn, a new age....

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