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1 (Strauss: Capriccio). Bar. Brother of the Countess Madeleine. He has organized a group of friends to perform a play for his sister's birthday, and they gather at her château to rehearse. The guests include the well‐known actress Clairon, to whom the Count is attracted. Aria (with Clairon): Ein Oper ist ein absurdes Ding (‘An opera is an absurd thing’). Created by Walter Höfermayer.

2 (Massenet: Chérubin). Bar. He finds a letter from Chérubin to the Countess and determines to kill Chérubin. Created (1905) by Mons. Lequien.

Subjects: Opera.

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