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Valentine, "a flower caught in the storm"

Interview with Ermonela Jaho — By Anna Schauder

"You cannot feel or understand these torments that no words can describe ... Struggles where faith, love and duty are victorious in turn!" So laments Valentine, a young Catholic in love with the Protestant Raoul. Tormented by the involvement of her father in the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre, she is like a "flower caught in the storm" of political and religious intrigues. With a name associated with love, Valentine carries a message of peace throughout "Les Huguenots". Ermonela Jaho shares her discovery of the great opera as she performs a work by Giacomo Meyerbeer for the first time.

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