As the NNTT starts the season with a new Artistic Director, the curtain opens with a production of Arabella by Richard Strauss. Strauss was a celebrated conductor as well as the composer of many wonderful operas. His Der Rosenkavalier and Salome are perhaps better known, but the magnificence of Arabella lies in the way the feelings of the characters are deftly portrayed in music. This is true of both the leads and the minor characters. A love story set in Vienna, Arabella is a work that demands transcendent musicianship; the singers must have both excellent acting and vocal technique. The orchestra must also be at the top of its game.
In Vienna, the mention of Arabella is sure to elicit smiles. We believe it is destined to become a favorite of NNTT patrons as well.