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Richard Strauss


Richard Strauss


4 November 1924, Dresden (Schauspielhaus)




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About the opera Intermezzo

Intermezzo is an opera in two acts by Richard Strauss to his own German libretto, described as a Bürgerliche Komödie mit sinfonischen Zwischenspielen (bourgeois comedy with symphonic interludes). It premiered at the Dresden Semperoper on November 4, 1924, with sets that reproduced Strauss' home in Garmisch. The first Vienna performance was in January 1927.
The story depicts fictionally the personalities of Strauss himself (as "Robert Storch") and his wife Pauline (as "Christine") and was based on real incidents in their lives. Pauline Strauss was not aware of the opera's subject before the first performance. After Lotte Lehmann had congratulated Pauline on this "marvelous present to you from your husband", Pauline's reply was reported as "I don't give a damn". The most celebrated music from the opera is the orchestral interludes between scenes.
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Roles in Intermezzo

Christine Storch Soprano
Robert Storch Baritone
Anna Soprano
Franzl Spoken
Baron Lummer Tenor
The notary Baritone
His wife Soprano
Stroh Tenor

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