The opera "Arabella" was the last work written by the creative team of Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal. It was given its premiere in Dresden on 1 July 1933 under the direction of Clemens Krauss. Hofmannsthal wrote that the lead role is "a mature and beautiful young woman who has looked too deeply into certain facts of life, and is a little scarred by cynicism and resignation." The "mature" Arabella is played by Gundula Janowitz, who, in addition to her lovely singing, gives an inspired acting performance. As Mandryka, Bernd Weikl is an ideal partner, a man whose passion is constantly on the verge of breaking social conventions. Outstanding are Edita Gruberova and Martha Mödl in their minor roles. The Vienna Philharmonic is conducted by Sir Georg Solti.