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Zdenka


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(Strauss: Arabella). Sop. Younger daughter of Count Waldner and Adelaide, sister of Arabella. She is kept dressed as a boy (Zdenko) to avoid the expense of ‘bringing her out’. She is very close to her sister, but is in love with Matteo, a young officer who is in love with Arabella. She writes love‐letters to Matteo, signing them as if from Arabella and causes great complications by arranging for Matteo to have the key to Arabella's room and then taking her place in the darkened bedroom. Zdenka is a delightful character, whose efforts to do her selfless best for everyone have disastrous results, sorted out only when she confesses what she has done and is revealed to one and all as a girl, not the boy they have always thought her to be. She is comforted by Arabella and forgiven by them all, as Matteo realizes that this is the person he really loves. Aria: Sie wollen alle Geld! (‘They all want money!’); (with ens.) Papa! Mama! (‘Papa! Mama!’). Created (1933) by Margit Bokor. Among notable singers of this role are Trude Eipperle, Lisa Della Casa, Hilde Gueden, Anneliese Rothenberger, Sona Ghazarian, Marie McLaughlin, and Barbara Bonney.

Subjects: Opera.


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