Richard Strauss's Arabella

Florentine Klepper (stage director), Christian Thielemann (conductor) — With Renée Fleming (Arabella) and Thomas Hampson (Mandryka)

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Florentine Klepper — Stage director

Martina Segna — Associate set designer

Anna Sofie Tuma — Costumes

Renée Fleming — Arabella

Thomas Hampson — Mandryka

Hanna-Elisabeth Müller — Zdenka

Albert Dohmen — Count Waldner

Gabriela Beňačková — Countess Adelaide

Daniel Behle — Tenor (Matteo)

Benjamin Bruns — Count Elemer

Derek Welton — Count Dominik

Steven Humes — Count Lamoral

Daniela Fally — Fiakermilli

Jane Henschel — Fortune teller

Rafael Harnisch — Hotel porter

Werner Harke — Welko

Andreas Soika — Djura

Program notes

Discover Richard Strauss’s Arabella with Renée Fleming and Thomas Hampson in the lead roles, staged by Florentine Klepper at the 2014 Salzburg Festival! This masterpiece of lyric comedy, the last in a long series of collaborations between Strauss and librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal, is conducted here by the festival’s esteemed artistic director himself, maestro Christian Thielemann.

In a sumptuous fin-de-siècle decor designed by Martina Segna, Klepper's direction immerses us in the atmosphere of late 19th-century Vienna, further brought to life by the elegant costumes of Anna Sofie Tuma. And our impeccable vocal cast includes a pitch-perfect Renée Fleming in the title role giving a "master class of vocal style … simply amazing" (El País), a "reserved, delicate" Thomas Hampson (Opernglas) as her lover Mandryka, and Hanna-Elisabeth Müller as Arabella's sister Zdenka, who joins Fleming for the famous sisters' duet—"the most comforting soprano heaven" (FAZ). 

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