Give and love until the day we die.

Arabella is expected to marry for money to save her aristocratic parents from ruin, but she yearns for a soulmate. When she finally meets him, a case of mistaken identity leads to a mix-up that could ruin everything. Set amid the society parlors and costume balls of Vienna's golden age, Strauss' romantic comedy of errors is a touching fairy tale about youth, identity and love.

Production New to San Francisco Opera

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Music by Richard Strauss | Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal

Sung in German with English supertitles

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Running Time

Approximately 3 hours including one intermission

Who Should See It

Fans of Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors and Twelfth Night, Downton Abbey, Così fan tutte, Shakespeare in Love and La Traviata.

Found in series

Full Series: A, D*, G, J, M
Half Series: C, F*, H, L, O
Out of Town Series: OT4, OT5
*Best Value Series

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Tuesday 10/16/18 7:30PM Buy Tickets
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Wednesday 10/24/18 7:30PM * Buy Tickets
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Saturday 11/03/18 7:30PM * Buy Tickets


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* OperaVision, HD video projection screens featured in the Balcony level for this performance, is made possible by the Koret/Taube Media Suite.

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In spite of family meddling, a young Viennese woman finds true love with a mature Count.

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Cast and Creative

Arabella Ellie Dehn
Zdenka Heidi Stober
Matteo Daniel Johansson *
Mandryka Brian Mulligan
The Fiakermilli Hye Jung Lee
A Fortune-Teller Jill Grove
Adelaide Michaela Martens
Count Waldner Richard Paul Fink
Count Elemer Scott Quinn
Count Lamoral Christian Pursell


October 16, 19, 24, 28; November 3, 2018


Conductor Marc Albrecht *
Director Tim Albery *
Production Designer Tobias Hoheisel
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

*  San Francisco Opera debut

A co-production of the Santa Fe Opera, Minnesota Opera and Canadian Opera Company  

Previous performances of Arabella can be found in our Archive.

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Photo (top): Santa Fe Opera production of Arabella/Ken Howard.