Arabella : Opera Guide

Richard Strauss(John Calder Publications)

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Synopsis

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.

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