Maier, Mieze

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(Strauss: Intermezzo). Although she does not appear on the stage, this young lady is the cause of all the trouble in this opera. She meets both Robert Storch, husband of Christine, and his fellow-conductor Stroh, and confuses the two names. She writes in affectionate terms to Stroh, asking him for tickets for the opera and suggesting they meet in the bar afterwards. By mistake she sends the letter to Storch and in his absence it is opened by his wife. Assuming that Robert is being unfaithful to her, she starts divorce proceedings. Mieze Maier was based on Mieze Mücke, who did confuse Richard Strauss and Josef Stransky (a conductor who eventually succeeded Mahler in New York), thereby precipitating the crisis in the marriage of Pauline and Richard Strauss which became the basis of the libretto for Intermezzo.

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