Richard Strauss (1864 - 1949)

From 04/05/2004 in Ghent - from 22/05/2004 in Antwerp

  • Ivan Törzs
  • Francisco Negrin
  • Camilla Nylund
  • Marcel Rosca
  • Eileen Hulse
  • Marc Claesen
  • Musical direction: Ivan Törzs
  • Director: Francisco Negrin
  • Arabella: Camilla Nylund
  • Mandryka: Hans-Joachim Ketelsen
  • Zdenka: Helena Juntunen
  • Matteo: Evan Bowers

This comedy of manners, Arabella, was a long-cherished dream of Strauss and von Hofmannsthal come true: an opera about fashionable 19th-century Vienna that would be a match for its predecessor, Der Rosenkavalier, in atmosphere and in sophistication.
A destitute count hopes to get out of debt by marrying off his attractive daughter Arabella to a rich suitor. Gradually, Arabella transcends the world of worldly pleasures and her meeting with Mandryka turns her into a sensitive, mature woman.
Sensual lyricism, Slavic melodies and waltzes make Arabella a nostalgic evocation of Vienna in the Romantic era.


Surtitles: Dutch.


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