Written in 1927, Arabella is a portrait - partly romanticized, partly factual - of Habsburg Vienna in the 1860s. It is also a celebration of the profound importance of courage, and the ability to forgive in love. Our sympathies are not only drawn to Arabella, who waits for 'the right man' to come, but to her younger sister, who breaks with conventional morality in the cause of her love. This opera is a moving testament to Hugo von Hofmannsthal, who died before it was completed, and it remains one of the best-loved products of his twenty-five-year collaboration with Strauss.
Richard Georg Strauss (1864 1949) was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is best known for his operas, which include "Der Rosenkavalier" and "Salome.""
List of Illustrations The Edge of the Cliff by Michael Ratcliffe A Musical Synopsis by William Mann A Profound Simplicity by Patrick J. Smith Hofmannsthal's Last Libretto by Karen Forsyth Thematic Guide 'Arabella' libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal 'Arabella' English translation by John Gutman Act One Act Two Act Three Discography Bibliography Contributors
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