Robert le Diable
The son of Bertha and Bertramo. The former was daughter of
Robert, Duke of Normandy, and the latter was a fiend in the guise of a
knight. The opera shows the struggle in Robert between the virtue
inherited from his mother, and the vice imparted by his father. He is
introduced as a libertine; but Alice, his foster-sister, places in his
hand the will of his mother, “which he is not to read till he is
worthy.” Bertramo induces him to gamble till he loses everything, and
finally claims his soul; but Alice counter plots the fiend, and finally
triumphs by reading to Robert the will of his mother. (Meyerbser: Roberto il Diavolo, an opera.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
More on Robert le Diable from Fact Monster:
- Robert the Devil - Robert the Devil Robert the Devil, hero of a medieval legend. He was sold to the devil by his ...
- Mario - Mario Mario , 1810–83, stage name of Giovanni Matteo, Cavaliere di Candia, Italian tenor. An ...
- English horn - English horn English horn, musical instrument, the alto of the oboe family, pitched a fifth lower ...
- Giacomo Meyerbeer - Meyerbeer, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Giacomo , 1791–1864, German operatic composer. He traveled in ...
- opera: Opera in the Nineteenth Century - Opera in the Nineteenth Century The Romantic Movement in Germany Hero worship, a return to nature, ...