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1 (J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus). Sop. The Eisensteins’ maid. With her sister Ida, she goes to Prince Orlofsky's party, wearing a dress she has ‘borrowed’ from her mistress. At the ball she meets another guest—Eisenstein. Later that night she visits the governor of the local gaol, whom she has also met at the ball, and again bumps into Eisenstein. It all ends good‐humouredly. Aria: Mein Herr Marquis (‘My dear Marquis’—known as the ‘laughing aria’). Created (1874) by Karoline Charles‐Hirsch.

2 (Adèle) (Rossini: Le Comte Ory). Sop. The Countess of Formoutiers. She has been left at the castle while her brother is away fighting in the Crusades. The amorous Count Ory disguises himself in unsuccessful attempts to win her hand. She marries Ory's page, Isolier. Created (1828) by Laure Cinti‐Damoreau.

3 (Bellini: Il pirata). Mez. Imogene's companion and lady‐in‐waiting. Created (1827) by Marietta Sacchi.

Subjects: Opera.

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