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(Strauss: Die Liebe der Danae). Ten. King of Lydia, he comes in pursuit of Danae. Midas can turn to gold everything he touches, but he does not want Danae to love him for this alone. He presents himself to her as Chrysopher, a friend of Midas, and promises to take her to meet the King. She finds him attractive and he falls in love with her. When he does take her to meet the ‘real’ Midas, it is Jupiter in disguise. It is too late—she loves Chrysopher/Midas, who embraces her and turns her into a gold statue. Danae chooses to remain with Chrysopher, and Jupiter strips Midas of his ability to turn everything to gold. Midas and Danae go together to live in humble surroundings, and none of Jupiter's pleas or promises will make her leave Midas. Aria: In Syriens Glut. (‘In Syria's heat’); Kennst du, Danae (‘Do you know, Danae’). Created (1944) by Horst Taubmann; (1952) by Josef Gostic.

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