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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.


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


  1. ^ Naxos: J. Strauss, Jr. — Edition Vol. 33
  2. ^ "STRAUSS II, J.: Famous Overtures CD". NaxosDirect. Retrieved 11 October 2008.
  • Casaglia, Gherardo (2005). "Waldmeister". L'Almanacco di Gherardo Casaglia (in Italian).