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For the herbaceous plant "Woodruff" which is called "Waldmeister" in German, see Galium odoratum.

Waldmeister (Woodruff) is an operetta written by Johann Strauss II. It was first performed on 4 December 1895 at the Theater an der Wien.[1] Although not as popular as some of Strauss' other operettas, such as Der Zigeunerbaron and Die Fledermaus, it was given eighty-eight performances, and was much admired by Johannes Brahms,[2] a friend of the composer.


Role Voice type Premiere Cast, 4 December 1895
(Conductor: Johann Strauss II)
Botho von Wendt tenor
Christof Heffele baritone Ehrenfried Kernreuther
Erasmus Friedrich Müller tenor
Freda soprano
Jeanette soprano
Malwine contralto
Pauline soprano


  • Casaglia, Gherardo (2005). "Waldmeister". Almanacco Amadeus (Italian).