Richard Strauss’s Die agyptische Helena By Leon Botstein Written for the concert Richard Strauss’s Die agyptische Helena, performed on Jan 18, 1998 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Librettists have a strange habit of disappearing from view as individuals in their own right. For instance, everyone knows that Lorenzo Da Ponte collaborated with Mozart…

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The Egyptian Helen (Original Version, 1928) By Bryan Gilliam, Duke University Written for the concert Richard Strauss’s Die agyptische Helena, performed on Jan 18, 1998 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. “What could be more serious than married life?,” Richard Strauss once remarked about his Sinfonia domestica (1904), “marriage is the most profound event…

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Strauss, Marriage, and The Egyptian Helen By James Miller Written for the concert Richard Strauss’s Die agyptische Helena, performed on Jan 18, 1998 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Die ägyptische Helena, the fifth Strauss opera for which Hugo von Hofmannsthal provided the libretto, takes its basic plot from ancient attempts to explain how…

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