Fashion and opera have a lot in common. In both art disciplines, wardrobe is more than just clothing, it is an expression of one's personality or defines characters in the action more closely. A sophisticated dramaturgy counts on the catwalk as well as on the stage, music triggers emotions, light and scenery are part of the success of the show. And: The pleasure is particularly great when real masters of their trade are at work!
All of this also applies to the Munich Opera Festival, which has been attracting music theater fans from all over the world to the Isar metropolis for almost 140 years. For Allude Creative Director Andrea Karg, a particular highlight of the diverse program is the premiere of “ Arabella ” in the neo-classical National Theater. In Richard Strauss' opera, a woman, very modern for the time, is looking for real, true love instead of a marriage of convenience with Count Waldner. In a famous aria she even demands: "But the right one".
With Andreas Dresen ("Night Shapes", "The Policewoman", "When We Dreamed"), one of the most important German film directors pulls the strings at this "Arabella" premiere. At the same time he is making his debut at the historic Bavarian State Opera. The title role of the self-confident romantic is sung by soprano Anja Harteros, baritone Thomas J. Mayer can be heard as her soul mate and lover Mandryka and conducted by Philippe Jordan, music director of the Paris Opera.
Those who cannot experience “Arabella” as part of the Munich Opera Festival in July will have another opportunity in January 2016 to see the eagerly awaited production by Andreas Dresen. A real cultural tip!
Photo: Bavarian State Opera