Strauss Weekend

Richard Strauss is a composer who may very well have found himself at home in contemporary times. Nearly 100 years ago – shortly after the advent of psychoanalysis and the beginning of the feminist emancipation movement in Germany – Strauss and his librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal posed questions we’re still looking for the answers to today. The questions were as relevant at the dawn of Modernism as they are now, in the twilight of Postmodernism. How does one construct a relationship in which both partners are on a level playing field? Is there such a thing as a successful relationship model? What about a successful family model? Is personal happiness possible absent society’s feedback? What is the individual’s responsibility to society? How can we reconcile the opposing forces of Eros and Ethos in a modern world? These are the questions that confront us in the works of Richard Strauss. The Gewandhaus Orchestra – an ensemble steeped in the Romantic – would seem to be predestined to play the works of Strauss. No wonder, then, that Intendant and General Music Director Ulf Schirmer (an internationally regarded Strauss interpreter himself) chose Strauss’ masterworks as a cornerstone of the Oper Leipzig’s 2016-2017 season.

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