The End of the Affair

Arabella, which returns to the Met this month, had its world premiere in 1933. It wasn't Richard Strauss's final opera, but DAVID J. BAKER believes that Arabella was the last work of the composer's great years.

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A view of Vienna in the late 1920s
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"Arabella — the last opera heroine." The pronouncement comes from Turkish–French critic André Tubeuf, and he did not stop there. He also described Arabella as the final work in the history of Romantic...

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