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(Strauss: Arabella). Ten. A young officer in love with Arabella. She has no time for or patience with him. In an effort to be nearer to her, he befriends her ‘brother’ Zdenko (in reality her sister, Zdenka) who is herself secretly in love with Matteo. Matteo receives love-letters purporting to come from Arabella and believes that she returns his love (they are in fact written by Zdenka) and this is confirmed when Zdenko gives him a key to Arabella's room so that he can meet her that night. Unknown to Matteo, the lady he meets in the darkened bedroom is Zdenka. As he leaves her room and comes down the stairs in the hotel, whom does he meet just coming into the hotel but Arabella who, of course, denies having just been with him in her bedroom. Total confusion reigns until Zdenka, in her nightdress and every bit a young woman, runs downstairs to confess what she has done. Matteo realizes that this is the young lady he really loves and her parents give them their blessing. The role has been sung by Anton Dermota, Horst Taubmann, Adolf Dallapozza, Georg Paskuda, and René Kollo. Created (1933) by Martin Kremer.

Subjects: Opera.

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