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Arabella

Otto Schenk’s opulent production, conducted masterfully by Christian Thielemann, provides a perfect setting for Strauss’s bittersweet comedy of true love and mistaken identity. The great Kiri Te Kanawa is radiant as Arabella, the daughter of an impoverished aristocrat who must marry a wealthy man to save her family. Wolfgang Brendel sings Mandryka, the landowner from the provinces who wins her over with his honesty and genuine charm in the midst of Viennese society. Marie McLaughlin is Zdenka, Arabella’s younger sister, whose well-meaning actions cause all kinds of misunderstandings, and David Kuebler sings Matteo, Arabella’s suitor, who realizes he is really in love with Zdenka. Helga Dernesch and Donald McIntyre are Arabella’s parents, the Count and Countess Waldner, and Natalie Dessay, in her Met debut role, sings the Fiakermilli.

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Performance Info

Performance Date
Nov 3, 1994
Composer
Richard Strauss
Librettist
Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Run Time
2 HRS 49 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Cast & Creative
Conductor
Christian Thielemann
Arabella
Kiri Te Kanawa
Zdenka
Marie McLaughlin
Adelaide
Helga Dernesch
Matteo
David Kuebler
Mandryka
Wolfgang Brendel
Count Waldner
Donald McIntyre
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