Arabella (1933) is the first of four major operas that Richard Strauss composed in the 1930s, with Die Schweigsame Frau (performed by Pittsburgh Festival Opera in 2016), Friedenstag, and Daphne following in quick succession. Dr. Christopher Lynch, visiting scholar at Duquesne University's Mary Pappert School of Music, presents an in-depth look at the musical, historical, and political influences surrounding the creation of Arabella in 1930s Dresden.

 

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