(Strauss: Capriccio). Cont. Actress friend of the Count, who brings her to his sister Madeleine's birthday celebration. She has previously had an affair with the poet Olivier. She takes part in the entertainment being rehearsed for the Countess's birthday. This includes the love sonnet written by Olivier and then set to music by Flamand. Despite the fact that in the score Clairon is designated a contralto, she was created (1942) by Hildegarde Ranczak, a soprano who also sang the role of Salome. However, she is usually sung by a mez., famous among whom have been Elisabeth Höngen, Christa Ludwig, Kirstin Meyer, Tatiana Troyanos, Trudeliese Schmidt, Anne Howells, and Brigitte Fassbaender.