(Janáček: Katya Kabanová). Mez. Foster‐daughter in the Kabanov house. She is younger than Katya, but the two become firm friends and it is to Varvara that Katya confesses her love for another man, Boris. Varvara steals the key of the garden gate from the Kabanicha, giving it to Katya so she can go and meet Boris one night. At the same time, Varvara meets her own lover, Váňa Kudrjáš. During these meetings, a ‘double‐duet’ takes place, Varvara and Váňa in the foreground, Katya and Boris in the distance. After Katya's breakdown and confession, Varvara is punished by the Kabanicha for her part in the conspiracy. She and Váňa decide to leave together and go to Moscow. Duet (with Kudrjáš): Chod'si divka do času (‘You may stay out till it's dark’). Created (1921) by Jarmila Pustinská.