San Francisco Opera To Showcase ‘Arabella’ On KDFC

The San Francisco Opera has announced it will broadcast a historical performance of Strauss’ “Arabella.” The company announced that on Feb. 4 at 8 p.m., the Bay Area’s Classical KDFC will broadcast a 1980 performance of “Arabella” starring soprano Kiri Te Kanawa in the title role, Barbara Daniels as Zdenka, tenor William Lewis as Matteo and baritone Ingvar Wixell as Mandryka, with German conductor Wolfgang Rennert. The performance comes {…}

The Librettists Behind Richard Strauss’ Rarely Heard Late Operas

Richard Strauss, born on June 11, 1864, is one of opera’s greatest composers. And many of his operas, including “Elektra,” “Salome,” “Der Rosenkavalier,” “Die Frau ohne Schatten,” and “Ariadne auf Naxos,” are major repertoire staples. Others still get occasional performances, including “Arabella,” “Capriccio,” and “The Egyptian Helen.” But there are still others that for whatever reason simply never made the cut {…}