- David Murray
Musikdrama in one act by richard Strauss to hedwig Lachmann ’s German translation of oscar Wilde ’s play; Dresden, Hofoper, 9 December 1905.
After the mildly scandalous success of his second opera, Feuersnot, Strauss needed a new subject. Wolzogen, his collaborator on Feuersnot, worked hopefully at another raffish one-act comedy, drawn this time from Cervantes, but Strauss did nothing with it. Then a young Viennese poet sent him Wilde’s ...