Arabella (DVD) - Fleming

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Arabella (DVD) - Fleming

Composer: Richard Strauss
DVD Release Date:  July 8, 2008
Conductor: Franz Welser-Most
Director: Götz Friedrich
Renée Fleming
Morten Frank Larsen
Julia Kleiter
Johan Weigel
Orchestra:  Zurich Opera House Chorus & Orchestra
Label: Decca
Language: German
Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish
Region: All Regions
Run Time: 180 minutes

Acclaimed as the leading Strauss soprano of today, Renée Fleming stars in Götz Friedrich’s enchanting Zurich staging of Strauss’s Viennese opera. The composer wrote some of his most meltingly memorable music for Arabella, who – against the wishes of her impoverished aristocratic parents – is determined to marry for love, not wealth. When she gives her heart to the mysterious Mandryka, a series of misunderstandings puts their love to the test.

“With her silken tones, stunning technique, vocal intelligence and regal presence, Fleming remains a class apart.” – Chicago Sun-Times

“An unimaginably subtle mixture of colours and nuances…The magic of her voice, employed with absolute assurance, enables the listener to share with Arabella…to be touched to the heart with that great power descended from on high…”  – Die Presse (Vienna)


Richard Strauss’s Arabella

The final collaboration of Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal, first seen in 1933, is a touching and nostalgic love story set in mid-19th-century Vienna. Hofmannsthal’s untimely death put a premature end to one of the greatest composer–librettist partnerships in operatic history.


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