Arabella

 

Strauss Arabella opera to a libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Directed 2012 by Sven-Eric Bechtolf at the Vienna State Opera. Stars Emily Magee (Arabella), Genia Kühmeier (Zdenka), Tomasz Konieczny (Mandryka), Michael Schade (Matteo), Wolfgang Bankl (Count Waldner), and Zoryana Kushpler (Adelaida). Franz Welser-Möst conducts the Orchestra, Chorus, and Stage Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera. Set design by Rolf Glittenberg; costume design by Marianne Glittenberg, TV direction by Don Kent. Sung in German with subtitles in 7 languages. Released 2012, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

Electric Pictures states on the Blu-ray keepcase that Arabella is a problematical work because Hugo von Hofmannsthal died before he could finish the libretto. But the claim is made that Sven-Eric Bechtolf came up with a "superbly convincing" version that resolves ambiguities left by Hofmannsthal.

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