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Opera Cheat Sheet

Opera Cheat Sheet: Arabella

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In this week’s OCS, Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn and Eric Skelly discuss Arabella, the last of Strauss’ six collaborations with librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Listen to the Met Opera broadcast of Arabella Saturday at noon on Houston Public Media Classical 91.7.

Set in mid-19th-century Vienna, Arabella is the story of two sisters (or a sister and brother!) and how a fortuneteller’s predictions play out for their impoverished family.