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Dark clouds had gathered over the 1933 world premiere of this last joint work by Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal, which unmasks the illusory world of an ailing society. The impoverished noble family Waldner plans to marry Arabella to a wealthy suitor, of which there are many – but also her younger sister, who is cause for some uproar, dressed as a man. The »pretty« facade of tonal composition conceals the banality and chasms of humanity. Various amorous complications and misunderstandings ensue, which nevertheless lead to a happy conclusion. This co-production between the Salzburg Easter Festival 2014 and the Semperoper in Dresden, conducted by Christian Thielemann and performed by an exquisite cast, will be shown in Dresden within the framework of the »Richard-Strauss -Days«. Internationally renowned singers Anja Harteros and Thomas Hampson portray the loving couple, Arabella and Mandryka.

Opera in three acts, Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Performed in German with surtitles

Premiere 07 Nov 2014

Next Performances / Casting

07 Nov 2014
07:00 pm
10 Nov 2014
07:00 pm

Musical Director: Christian Thielemann
Staging: Florentine Klepper
Set Design: Martina Segna
Costume Design: Anna Sofie Tuma
Lighting Design: Bernd Purkrabek
Choir: Wolfram Tetzner
Dramaturgy: Sophie Becker

Casting 07 Nov 2014

Graf Waldner: Albert Dohmen
Adelaide: Gabriele Schnaut
Arabella: Anja Harteros
Zdenka: Hanna-Elisabeth Müller
Mandryka: Thomas Hampson
Matteo: Daniel Behle
Graf Elemer: Benjamin Bruns
Graf Dominik: Derek Welton
Graf Lamoral: Steven Humes
Die Fiakermilli: Daniela Fally
Welko: Werner Harke
Djura: Andreas Soika
Jankel: Tobias Schrader
Ein Zimmerkellner: Rafael Harnisch
Eine Kartenaufschlägerin: Jane Henschel

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