(Lehár: The Merry Widow). Ten./bar. A cavalry officer, secretary to the legation in Paris. An old flame of Hanna, the ‘merry widow’. On principle he will not marry her now that she is so wealthy. He spends his evenings with the girls in the nightclubs. Only when Hanna assures him she will lose her fortune on remarriage, does he relent and admit his love for her—only to learn that, by the terms of her late husband's will, her fortune will pass to her new husband! Aria: Da geh’ ich zu Maxim (‘I go now to Maxim's’). Created (1905) by Louis Treumann.