Ariadne Auf Naxos


In German with English Captions

Articles & Interviews

  • Speight's Opera Notes

    Richard Strauss was delighted with his librettist for Elektra and Der Rosenkavalier, the Viennese dramatist Hugo von Hofmannsthal. That they were different in almost every way never fazed Strauss. He was a Munich bourgeois...

  • About the Composer

    Richard Strauss was an easy-going fellow with a great sense of humor who liked playing cards. His music, the overripe fruit of Late Romanticism, is anything but easy-going. It can be eerie, noisy, and disgusting; erotic...

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