Lecture: Richard Strauss at 150 (The Kennedy Center in Washington)


Richard Strauss (uncredited)Richard Strauss at 150 with Saul Lilienstein

Musicologist Saul Lilienstein examines the creative genius of composer Richard Strauss as he looks at three of his most frequently performed operas.

Der Rosenkavalier. And just before it came the ear-bending Elektra. Just after, that “opera within an opera within an Italian comedy,” Ariadne auf Naxos. Is this the same composer who writes all three, within a five-year period? With these three distinctive pieces, Strauss’s expansive imagination conjures an avant-garde challenge, a romantic comedy, and a multi-leveled tour de force. Saul Lilienstein demonstrates how Richard Strauss embodies a recognizable creative presence in these operas.

Performance Timing: 90 minutes

  • Sat., Mar. 8, 2014, 3:00 PM
  • Terrace Gallery
  • 90 minutes
  • $15.00

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566

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