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NZ Opera Society presents Richard Strauss’s "Arabella"
Paramount , Courtenay Place 7pm Monday 20 October
Tickets: $25.00; NZOS Members $18.00, Seniors $22.00. Students < 25 free.

Richard Strauss – Arabella Count Waldner – Sir Donald McIntyre
Adelaide (Countess Waldner) – Helga Dernesch
Arabella (their eldest daughter) – Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
Zdenka (their second daughter) – Marie McLaughlin
Mandryka – Wolfgang Brendel Matteo – David Kuebler
Graf Elemer – Charles Workman Graf Dominik – Kim Josephson
Graf Lamoral – Julien Robbins Die Fiakermilli – Natalie Dessay
Fortune Teller – Jane Shaulis
Conductor – Christian Theilemann Director – Otto Schenk
Designer – Günther Schneider-Siemssen
Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orcherstra 1994 (2 hours 58’)
Arabella was the last collaboration between Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Hofmannsthal died before the libretto was finished. Strauss had asked for “a second Rosenkavalier… without its mistakes and longueurs”.
The two worked intensively on Act One but Hofmannsthal died before detailed work on the remaining two acts. Strauss set those as he had received them from the writer.
It premiered in 1933 in Dresden but the Nazis prevented him working with his desired director and conductor. Strauss tried to withdraw the opera but was held to his contract. The premiere was conducted by Clemens Krauss. The initial reception wasn’t favourable being found to be a pale imitation of Rosenkavalier but the opera was soon appreciated for its own merits. This Metropolitan Opera production first seen in 1994 was mounted especially for Dame Kiri and also saw the Met debut of Natalie Dessay and conductor Christian Theilemannt. Its most recent revival was this year.
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Memberships available before the screening. Desk opens 5.45pm
6.15pm Monday 20 October

Members Free. Public welcome by donation (notes only) at the door.

MELODY OF THE WORLD (Walter Ruttmann, Germany 1929) Exempt
BERLIN: SYMPHONY OF A GREAT CITY (Walter Ruttmann, Germany 1927) Exempt


Preceding the main picture is the Melody of the World, generally reckoned as the first successful sound film. Beginning with the sailing of a German steamship on a world cruise, the action consists of a clever medley of scenes depicting all sorts of human, and even animal, activities all over the globe.
- Mordaunt Hall, New York Times, 8 October 1931.

The great ‘city symphonies’ of the silent era celebrated the pulsating life of the streets. Berlin was the joint effort of Carl Mayer, the expressionist scenarist; Karl Freund, the great cameraman; and Walther Ruttmann, at the time an abstract filmmaker. For all its basis in reality - capturing a late spring day in the German capital, from dawn to midnight - it was conceived as an abstract artwork, rigorously organized according to musical principles.
– Pacific Film Archive.

The screening of Berlin will be accompanied by an originally composed score by local and internationally regarded musicians Reece Mcnaughten + Tristan Carter.