1 (Strauss: Daphne). Ten. He first appears to Daphne's family as a herdsman who has been rounding up his cattle. Her father, who has forecast that Apollo will come to them, tells Daphne to take care of the stranger in their midst. Dazzled by her beauty, Apollo falls in love with Daphne but greets her as a brother. She is startled by his compliments, but looks after him as her father ordered, and tells him how important to her is nature and the sun. He promises her she will always have the sun in her life. He declares his love but she is frightened and cannot understand the change in his attitude to her. When she dances with the disguised Leukippos, Apollo reveals who he is and kills Leukippos. Realizing that Daphne will never love him as he wants, Apollo asks Zeus to allow him to have Daphne in an immortal form, as one of the trees she worships. She gradually changes into a laurel tree. Arias: Ich grüsse dich … (‘I greet you’); Was erblicke ich? (‘What do my eyes behold?’). One of two tenor roles in this opera of almost Heldentenor proportions. Among famous exponents are Set Svanholm and James King. Created (1938) by Torsten Ralf.
2 (Monteverdi: Orfeo). Father of Orfeo, who takes his son to Heaven to see Euridice in the stars. This character did not appear in the cast of the première (1607), although he is in the printed score.
3 (Birtwistle: The Mask of Orpheus). Electronic voice who, present at Orpheus’ birth, gives him the gifts of speech, poetry, and music.
4 (Gluck: Alceste). The Oracle of Apollo tells Admetus that he can live only if somebody is sacrificed in his place. Creator (1767 vers.) not traced; created (1776 vers.) by Mons. Moreau.