Who's Who in Illyria
The Essential Guide to all our Influential Citizens
The leading family in Illyria
Who is he?:
His grace the Duke Orsino is our most noble and distinguished ruler here in Illyria. For some time Orsino seems to have been sad and melancholy, and this is affecting his whole demeanour. Friends reported he is listening to melancholy music that seems to reinforce his feelings of sadness. Many people seem to put this sadness down to his unrequited love for the gracious Lady Olivia.
The family is noble and has a high reputation here in Illyria. Like his forebears, Orsino is a calm and effective ruler and our loyal citizens admire and respect him. As well as providing strong leadership, Orsino follows his family’s tradition as a renowned patron of the arts, especially music.
Sadly for us all, Orsino remains single. He has long wooed the Countess Olivia but it seems that his suits to her have gone unrewarded. Orsino has employed many different messengers to carry his proposals to Olivia but all have returned empty-handed.
Orsino has two trusted servants, Valentine and Curio. They have often acted as a go-between for Orsino’s messages of love to Olivia. Curio is a friend of Olivia’s fool Feste and is able to ensure that Feste can be brought to sing for Orsino when required.