Waldner, Graf Theodor

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(Strauss: Arabella). Bar. Father of Arabella and Zdenka and husband of Adelaide. He gambles heavily, leaving his family impoverished. He sends Arabella's photograph to a wealthy old army fellow‐officer in the hope that he would want to marry her. However, he has died and it is his nephew, Mandryka, who turns up to see the young lady in the photograph. Waldner lets it be known that he has a cash shortage, and is delighted when Mandryka produces a large wad of notes and suggests that Waldner help himself. Created (1933) by Friedrich Plaschke.

Subjects: Opera.

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