Arabella

by Richard Strauss

For love or money?

Arabella wants to marry for love, but her parents need her to marry for money. When the man of her dreams appears, will their manipulations ruin her chance to find true happiness? Richard Strauss’ witty romantic comedy is set in Vienna’s golden age.

Sung in German with English translations projected above the stage.

Run time is approximately 3 hours, including one intermission.

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  • Digital Program

    Don’t wait until you take your seat at the Ordway. Read the Arabella program on your computer, tablet or iPhone today!

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  • Synopsis

    As Zdenka fends off creditors at the door, her mother Adelaide consults a fortuneteller. The precarious finances of the once-wealthy and aristocratic Waldner family can only be remedied by an advantageous marriage of Arabella, the other daughter.

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  • Composer Biography

    Known informally as the “other Richard” or the “other Strauss,” Richard Strauss rose to become the most important composer of German opera in the early 20th century…

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  • Cast and Creative Team

    Read more about the performers on the stage and people behind the scenes.

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  • Taste of Opera: Arabella

    Classical MPR’s Alison Young hosts this Taste of Opera, an engaging look at Arabella with special guests Music Director Michael Christie and soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine (in the role of Fiakermilli).

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  • Behind The Curtain: Arabella

    Look behind the curtain to see what it takes to bring innovative opera to the stage. Get the inside scoop from members of the cast and creative team and explore the music, history and design of Arabella. Minnesota Opera’s new Head of Music, Rob Ainsley, will lead the exploration, joined by the stars themselves. Soprano Jacquelyn Wagner (Arabella), baritone Craig Irvin and soprano Elizabeth Futral (Zdenka) will give intimate performances of excerpts and discuss their characters. 

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