Strauss’s Guntram

June 6, 2025

Carnegie Hall


Completed in 1893, Richard Strauss’s first opera to receive a premiere is rarely performed today. The ASO’s presentation marks its first performance in New York City in this century. A riveting story of love, guilt and renunciation, Guntram reveals a young Strauss positioning himself as the successor to Wagner. In his very first opera, Strauss’s mastery of orchestral writing combines with the ethereal melodic arcs that anticipate his later, famous operas, from Salome and Elektra to Der Rosenkavalier. Following a 2023 presentation of Strauss’s Daphne, the ASO brings another operatic rarity by Richard Strauss to center stage.

Tickets will go on-sale September 9.

The ASO’s Vanguard Series is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


June 6, 2025
Conductor’s Notes 7PM | Concert 8PM
Carnegie Hall


Richard Strauss (1864—1949)
Guntram (Opera in Three Acts), Op. 25 (1887-93, rev.1939)


Leon Botstein, conductor
Bard Festival Chorale
James Bagwell, Music Director of the Bard Festival Chorale