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The Turk might have thought otherwise, but Rossini is determined the Count should now be tried on Clarice's touchstone. The brother duly turns up as officer in charge of the now militarised flunkeys.

Watch and listen -- Se l'itale contrade (Act 2) (DVD2 chapter 7, 46:29-48:06)
© 2007 Opus Arte / Teatro Real

Having paid suitable reverence to his native soil, he concentrates on the plight of his beloved sister, by no means convinced she is in suitable surroundings. She must undoubtedly be removed as soon as possible and as far as possible. The Count is commendably devastated and triumphantly passes his test in a paroxysm of grief. The brother is well aware that his sister is no fortune-hunter, and when the brother is proved to be only Clarice in uniform, the touchstone has served its purpose.

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Copyright © 21 May 2008 Robert Anderson, Cairo, Egypt


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