Richard Strauss

The art of “musical conversation” according to Strauss, with a stellar cast headed by the pairing of Anja Harteros and Michael Volle.

Anja Harteros © Wilfried Hösl
Michael Volle © Wilfried Hösl
Constantin Trinks


Anja Harteros Arabella
Kurt Rydl Count Waldner
Doris Soffel Adelaïde
Hanna-Elisabeth Müller Zdenka
Michael Volle Mandryka
Daniel Behle Matteo
Dean Power Count Elemer
Sean Michael Plumb Count Dominik
Callum Thorpe Count Lamoral
Sofia Fomina Fiakermilli
Heike Grötzinger Fortune Teller
Sebastian Schmid Welko
Nikolaus Coquillat Djura

Constantin Trinks direction
Bayerisches Staatsorchester
Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper

Approximate running time
1st part: 1h - Intermission: 20mn - 2nd part: 1h35

Sung in German with French and English subtitles

A “musical conversation” or a “comic lyric opera”? Everything about Arabella reflects the art of ambiguity: from tender feelings to bold sensuality, right through to the unmistakable flavour of Vienna. Arabella, is unalloyed Hofmannsthal, with its fragile, fluid, discreetly immoral and brazen poetry and its forays into unfalteringly elegant private lives. A reflection of the Vienna of Emperor Franz-Josef in which another Strauss – Johann to whom a tribute is paid – reigned supreme, Arabella also bears the scars of a dark period which was just experiencing the rise of Hitler. The theme of metamorphosis, so dear to Hofmannsthal, underscores a libretto imbued with nostalgia. As a vehicle for this nostalgia, Richard Strauss invents endlessly fresh but disconcertingly lyrical music. A fine cast has been assembled here to burnish this jewel of pure intelligence and refinement. Unequivocally one of the major highlights of the season.

Production Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
Production presented by the Bayerische Staatsoper


Arabella Strauss


Arabella's Vienna

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