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Archive for April 18, 2014

The Met Presents Arabella

Strauss

Richard Strauss and librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal struck gold when they put their musical and poetic heads together. The most famous, and most lucrative of their collaborative efforts was Der Rosenkavalier, which exploded into the opera world in 1911. Over a 19-year period, Strauss went back to von Hofmannsthal for libretti again and again. Arabella opened in 1933; alas the librettist died

Web Exclusive: Anne Akiko Meyers on the Mason Bates Concerto

Anne

Composer Mason Bates loves to tell a story—this time it’s prehistoric creatures emerging from the primordial ooze in the form of a violin concerto.

The genesis of the Concerto evolved over many years between two friends: the composer and violinist Anne Akiko Meyers