Music Richard Strauss → Lyrische Komödie in drei Aufzügen

Cast 14.12.2017

Conductor Patrick Lange
Director Sven-Eric Bechtolf
Stage Design Rolf Glittenberg
Costume Design Marianne Glittenberg
Graf Waldner Kurt Rydl
Arabella Anna Gabler
Zdenka Chen Reiss
Mandryka Christopher Maltman
Matteo Benjamin Bruns
Adelaide Zoryana Kushpler
Graf Elemér Thomas Ebenstein
Graf Dominik Gabriel Bermúdez
Graf Lamoral Sorin Coliban
Fiakermilli Maria Nazarova
Kartenaufschlägerin Donna Ellen


»Arabella« had its premiere in 1933 in Dresden as the last composer and poet collaboration between Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal. The composer initially wished »for a second »Rosenkavalier«, without its mistakes and lengthiness« – and Hofmannsthal even spoke of a »three-act spieloper, basically an operetta« during the conception phase. A work altogether different ensued: often still dismissed as an »elevated operetta«, it leads the audience into a world characterised by harsh contrasts: on the one hand, dance on the volcano, decadence and exaggeration, on the other hand the unwavering belief in »the right person« in one’s life. Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal use this ideological tension as an element of contrast, focusing on the intimate emotional states of the characters and tangible relationships between them. Though seemingly effortless and light, »Arabella« touches on existential and timeless questions of faith and trust, human maturity and fulfilment. German soprano Hanna-Elisabeth Müller sings the title role for the first time at the Vienna State Opera. Michael Volle makes his debut as Mandryka at the State Opera under the baton of Sebastian Weigle.

Co-production partner

A co-production with Hamburg State Opera.