The Ladies of Strauss's Operas

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Richard Strauss, with his wife and son in 1910. Photograph printed in and scanned from The Illustrated London News, 26 February 1910, p. 301. Richard Strauss, with his wife and son in 1910. Photograph printed in and scanned from The Illustrated London News, 26 February 1910, p. 301. (Wikimedia Commons)

This Saturday at 11:30 am, we're talking about women and Strauss. Host Naomi Lewin will explore composer Richard Strauss's relationship to women through his many female opera characters, starting with Arabella and going all the way through to Elektra.

Many of his operas tackle the nature of marriage and relationships. As a result, many have wondered – and a few have speculated – about Strauss's personal relationships. There were rumors his wife was a terrible shrew who kept Strauss under her thumb. What did Strauss think of her? Find out all about Strauss, his women (real and imagined) on this next episode of Operavore.

Playlist:

Richard Strauss Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59 Act I: Introduction
Philharmonia Orchestra; Herbert von Karajan, conductor
EMI Great Recordings of the Century 67609

Richard Strauss Arabella, Op. 79 “Er ist der Richtige nicht für mich!...Aber der Richtige wenn’s einen gibt für mich”
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Georg Solti, conductor; Lisa della Casa, soprano
Decca 001305202

Richard Strauss Salome, Op. 54 “Jochanaan! Ich bin verliebt in deinen Leib”
Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin; Giuseppe Sinopoli, conductor; Cheryl Studer, soprano
Deutsche Grammophon 4318102

Richard Strauss Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59 “Die Zeit, die ist ein sonderbar Ding”
Philharmonia Orchestra; Herbert von Karajan, conductor; Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, soprano
EMI Great Recordings of the Century 67609

Richard Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos, Op.60 “Großmächtige Prinzessin”
Staatskapelle Dresden; Giuseppe Sinopoli, conductor; Natalie Dessay, soprano
Deutsche Grammophon 4713232

Richard Strauss Guntram, Op. 25 “Fass’ ich sie bang”
Philharmonia Orchestra; Erich Leinsdorf, conductor; Leontyne Price, soprano
RCA 60398

Richard Strauss Elektra, Op. 58 “Du! Du! Denn du bist stark!”
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Georg Solti, conductor; Birgit Nilsson, soprano
London/Decca 417345

Richard Strauss Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59 “Hab mir’s gelobt”
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; James Levine, conductor
Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano; Judith Blegin, soprano; Tatiana Troyanos, mezzo-soprano
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera | October 7, 1982

 

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