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(Strauss: Die Liebe der Danae). Sop. Daughter of Pollux, King of Eos. In order to help her father pay his debts, she must marry a wealthy husband. Her cousins have all been searching for a suitable match for her, and King Midas, the richest man in the world, is coming to see her. First there arrives a man calling himself Chrysopher—it is, in fact, Midas in disguise, and he says he has come to guide her to Midas. She finds him very attractive and the feeling is mutual. When he takes her to meet ‘Midas’, this turns out to be Jupiter in disguise. He soon senses that Danae is already in love with the real Midas. When Midas turns Danae into a gold statue, Jupiter asks her to choose between them. She chooses Midas, even though he loses his ability to turn everything to gold. They live together in humble circumstances. Jupiter visits them in the hope of persuading Danae to come to him and the wealthy life he can offer her, but she chooses to remain, happily, with Midas. Arias: O Gold! O süsses Gold! (‘O gold! O sweetest gold!’); Wie umgibst du mich mit Frieden (‘How you surround me with peace’). Created (1944) by Viorica Ursuleac; (1952) by Annelies Kupper.

Subjects: Opera.

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