Richard Strauss’s lyric comedy, first staged in 1933, tells the story of a young woman whose dysfunctional family is on the brink of financial disaster and is counting on her to marry a wealthy man. The Swedish soprano Malin Byström plays the flirtatious and mercurial Arabella in a comic tale of reversal, concealed identity, and the search for true love. Michael Volle and Genia Kühmeier also take the stage, and Philippe Auguin is conducting.
The Metropolitan Opera was founded in 1883, making its first home in a building at 39th and Broadway before moving to Lincoln Center when construction on the new Metropolitan Opera House was finished in 1966. The company quickly established itself as a serious contender in the competitive world of international opera, early on attracting such renowned singers as Nellie Melba, Enrico Caruso, and Rosa Ponselle. Its stage has continued to attract the greatest vocal artists of subsequent generations from around the globe, including Roberta Peters, Luciano Pavarotti, Sherrill Milnes, and Plácido Domingo.
Under Met General Manager Peter Gelb’s leadership, the 2013-14 line-up includes a startling new take on Rigoletto, beloved standards ranging from I Puritani to Der Rosenkavalier, the return of Tony winner Paolo Szot in the comic and absurd The Nose, and a new work from the 21st century, Nico Muhly’s Two Boys.
Sung in German with Met Titles in English, German, and Spanish
Not yet announced
Binoculars are available for a $5 rental fee at the coat check station on the South Concourse. All operas are translated by the Met Titles system, which appears on seatbacks, stanchions, and at standing room locations. Drinks and snacks are available pre-curtain and during intermission at bars on all levels. The Revlon Bar and Grand Tier Restaurant offer more substantive dining options. No food or drink is allowed in the auditorium. Photography and sound recording are forbidden. Bags, parcels, and luggage are not permitted in the theater. The doors open 45 minutes before curtain. Latecomers will not be seated until intermission, and patrons who leave the auditorium will not be readmitted until intermission.
Did you know?
The librettist for Arabella was Hugo von Hoffmansthal, a Viennese poet and playwright who collaborated with Strauss on a total of six works, including Elektra and Der Rosenkavalier. In 1929, von Hoffmansthal’s son committed suicide, and the writer died two days later of a massive stroke, leaving the libretto for Arabella as his last work, complete but unrevised.
This sparkling tale of a girl in search of true love, a fine example of Strauss’s lyric gifts, will resonate with anyone who has ever hoped to find a soul mate in a materialistic world.
Good for kids?
This opera may not be enjoyable for young children.
The Metropolitan Opera House Location Information:
Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
1 to 66th St./Lincoln Center