Florestan, a noble Spaniard, a valued friend of Fernando, the Prime Minister, had, by his fearless exposure of the misdeeds of Pizarro, awakened the deadly hatred of the latter. This wretch was not without the means of gratifying his malignity. Being appointed the governor of a fortress, used as a place of confinement for political prisoners, he managed to get possession of the person of his enemy, circulated a report of his death, and immured him in the deepest and darkest of the state dungeons. Here the nobleman would have died, had it not been for the faithful love of his wife, Leonora, who did not believe him dead, suspected Pizarro, and finally, in the disguise of a young man, calling herself Fidelio, solicited and received employment from Rocco, head jailer under Pizarro. The youth made rapid headway in the affections of the old man, and also in those of his daughter, Marcellina, who quite neglected her rustic lover, Jaquino, for the gentle and polished stranger. Leonora, although pained at this, felt obliged to encourage the love of the girl, for the sake of her influence over the father; and they together so far prevailed upon him, that he consented to allow Fidelio to go to the more secret portions of the prison. They also begged, for the inmates of the outer cells, the privilege of spending a few hours in the sunshine of the court-yard. The prisoners, naturally, were overjoyed at this indulgence; but, after a short time, were ordered to confinement again by Pizarro, who harshly chided the jailer for his kindness. Pizarro, just before, had received notice from a friend, that the Prime Minister was on his way to the prison. Should Fernando see Florestan, farewell to revenge.
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Schneider added a seventh verse in Mit Lieb und Treue nah ich mich dem Throne, von welchem mild zu mir ein Vater spricht; und wie der Vater treu mit seinem Sohne, so steh ich treu mit ihm und wanke nicht. Fest sind der Liebe Bande, Heil meinem Vaterlande! Fest sei der Bund! I am a Prussian, know ye my colours?
His stage name is derived from his first name, and also the Spanish word 'Marteria' meaning 'substance' or 'material'. We're doing our best to make sure our content is useful, accurate and safe. If by any chance you spot an inappropriate comment while navigating through our website please use this form to let us know, and we'll take care of it shortly. Forgot your password? Retrieve it. Get promoted. Powered by OnRad.
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