50. Ariadne auf Naxos (Richard Strauss)

Opera in 1 act By Richard Strauss Libretto: Hugo von Hofmannsthal First performed: Hoftheater Stuttgart, 25 October 1912, as a 30-minute accompaniment to Molière’s Le Bourgeois gentilhomme.  Revised version: Vienna State Opera, 4 October 1916. "The thirty-minute opera for small chamber orchestra ... is as good as complete in my head," Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Viennese playwright and … Continue reading 50. Ariadne auf Naxos (Richard Strauss)

21. Friedenstag (Richard Strauss)

FRIEDENSTAG Oper in 1 act Op. 81, TrV 271 By Richard Strauss Librettist: Joseph Gregor, after Stefan Zweig First performed: Nationaltheater, Munich, 24 July 1938 COMMENTARY The rarely performed, often maligned Friedenstag is one of Strauss’s most underrated works: a powerful testament to the horrors of war and a plea for peace, first performed in … Continue reading 21. Friedenstag (Richard Strauss)