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(Strauss: Capriccio). Ten. A musician. He is in love with the Countess Madeleine and whilst listening to a sextet in her château, he discovers that the poet Olivier feels the same about her— who will she choose? The two men represent the two constituents of opera: words and music. Flamand naturally favours the music: Prima la musica—dopo le parole (‘First the music—then the words’), he replies to Olivier's statement that the words are the most important element. Olivier has written a sonnet for Madeleine and Flamand composes music to it for her birthday, giving rise to great distress and disapproval in the poet and a long discussion—to whom does it now belong, the poet or the composer? The Countess claims it as her present from them both, so it no longer belongs to either of them. Flamand declares his love for her and his desire to marry her and asks her for an answer. She promises to give it to him, in the library tomorrow morning at 11 o'clock. Aria: Verraten hab’ ich meine Gefühle! (‘I have betrayed my feelings!’). Created (1942) by Horst Taubmann.

Subjects: Opera.

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