'Arabella' opera returns to historic New York home

The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. — AFP pic
The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. — AFP pic

NEW YORK, April 3 — The Richard Strauss opera “Arabella” has a long history with New York's Metropolitan Opera, one which is to be revisited with a string of six performances throughout April.

First performed at the Met in 1955, “Arabella” is a romantic comedy whose four principal characters are caught up in an entanglement of intentions.

The popular opera, which made its worldwide debut in 1933, was put on a further 55 times at the Met between 1955 and the end of its previous run in 2001; since then, it has visited the Zurich Opera in 2007 and the Paris Opera in 2012, notes Blouin ArtInfo.

But “Arabella” will once again become an institution at New York's own operatic institution, if only for a few weeks, with a sextet of evening showings to start on April 3.

Frenchman Philippe Augin, music director at the Washington National Opera and Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, is to conduct.

Swedish soprano Malin Byström is installed as Arabella herself, with German-Italian tenor Roberto Saccà as her fiancé Matteo, German baritone Michael Volle as Mandryka, German soprano Juliane Banse as Arabella's sister Zdenka, and Austrian bass-baritone Martin Winkler as Count Waldner, father to the two eligible women.

Canadian soprano Erin Wall replaces Byström for the final performance on April 24.

The opening performance will be broadcast on SiriusXM from 7:25pm EST, April 3, with an audio stream also available from this link. — AFP-Relaxnews

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