|Opera d'Oro has released on two compact discs a recording of a "live performance" of Arabella, without a libretto, including in the cast Montserrat Caballé, René Kollo, Oliviera Miljakovic, Oralia Dominguez, Siegmund Nimsgern, Kurt Moll, and Jeannette Scovotti, with the RAI Orchestra & Chorus, Rome, conducted by Wolfgang Rennert. The date of the performance was December 1, 1973. Available from amazon.com|
|Music by Richard Strauss
Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
|Arabella was the sixth and last opera that Richard Strauss wrote to a libretto of the poet Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Hofmannsthal died a few days after the libretto's completion in July 1929. The world premiere of the opera took place in Dresden on July 1, 1933, with Clemens Krauss conducting and his wife, Viorica Ursuleac, singing the title role.|
|"In a sense, Richard Strauss and Renee Fleming were made for each other," wrote Mike Silverman in his Associated Press review of the November 26, 2001, performance at the Metropolitan Opera.
Martin Bernheimer's review of the same performance is at ft.com.
|New York Times music critic Anthony Tommasini says that his favorite recording of Arabella is the one with Lisa Della Casa, Hilde Gueden, George London, and the Vienna Philharmonic, conducted by Georg Solti. The recording can be ordered from amazon.com.|
|"Working again with the Vienna Philharmonic, Solti gives a matchless performance of 'Arabella' in Decca's 1957 recording. He draws affecting performances from a peerless cast: Lisa Della Casa in the title role, Hilde Gueden as Zdenka, George London as Mandryka and Otto Edelmann as Waldner. The recording goes in and out of circulation, but you should find it in the larger stores."--Anthony Tommasini, New York Times.|
|Arabella is available at amazon.com on DVD with the following cast:
Kiri Te Kanawa: Arabella
Wolfgang Brendel: Mandryka
Marie McLaughlin: Zdenka
David Kuebler: Matteo
Helga Dernesch: Adelaide
Donald McIntyre: Count Waldner
Charles Workman: Count Elemer
Kim Josephson: Count Dominik
Julien Robbins: Cound Lamoral
Natalie Dessay: The Fiakermilli
Jane Shaulis: A fortuneteller
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Christian Thielemann, conductor
The DVD can also be ordered from amazon.co.uk.