Richard Strauss
17, 20, 23, 26 and 29 November 2014

Artistic profile

Ralf Weikert *

Stage Direction
Christof Loy

Scenography and Costumes
Herbert Murauer

Reinhard Traub

Thomas Wilhelm

Oper Frankfurt

Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu


Arabella Anne Schwanewilms
Zdenka Ofelia Sala **
Count Waldner Alfred Reiter
Adelaide Doris Soffel
Mandryka Michael Volle 17, 20 and 29 Nov
James Rutherford *** 23 and 26 Nov
Matteo Will Hartmann
Count Elmer Thomas Piffka
Count Dominik Roger Smeets
Count Lamoral Torben Jürgens
La Fiakermilli Susanne Elmark
The fortune-teller Ursula Hesse von den Steinen
Waiter Frieder Stricker
Welko Joan Prados
Djura Miquel Rosales
Jankel Gabriel Diap

* The conductor Ralf Weikert will replace Ros-Marbà in Arabella. Ros-Marbà has canceled his  performance due to some attacks of arrhythmia he has being suffering during these last weeks. For this reason he has been obliged by medical prescription to take a sick leave, according to the medical statement sent to the Liceu. 

** The soprano Ofelia Sala sings the role of Zdenka, replacing Genia Kühmeier, who has canceled her performance due to personal reasons.

*** The baritone James Rutherford has sung the role of Mandryka on Sunday 23 November, and Wednesday 26 Novembre, replacing Michael Volle, who has canceled both performances.

Ralf Weikert

He has been Musical Director of the Bonn Opera, Artistic Director and Music Director of the Frankfurt Opera House, Artistic Director of Zurich Opera House, Music Director of the Mozarteum Orchestra and Landestheater Salzburg. He is a regular guest of Salzburg, Aix-de-Provence, Bregenz and Arena de Verona festivals. He has conducted at theaters like the Wiener and Bayerische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Metropolitan in New York, and San Francisco.

Ofelia Sala, soprano

Born in Valencia. She has appeared at the Met in New York, Chicago, La Scala in Milan, Madrid, Florence, Valencia, Munich, Berlin, Dresden and Tokyo. She has sung roles like Sophie, Aminta, Pamina, Aspasia, Gilda, Nanetta and Norina, among others. She made her debut at the Liceu with Un ballo in maschera (2000-01). She has returned on several occasions, the last ones with Lucio Silla (2012-13) and L'Atlàntida (2013-14).

James Rutherford, baritone

Born in Norwich, he has appeared at the WNO, Scottish Opera, Paris Opera, ENO, and Covent Garden, Staatsoper Berlin, Cologne, Chicago and San Francisco. In 2009 he began a major association with the Graz Opera (Hans Sach, Barak from Die Frau ohne Schatten, Germont, Jago, Orestes from Elektra and Falstaff). He made his debut at the Bayreuth Festival as Hans Sachs. Recent opera engagements include Le Roi from Massenet's Le Cid (Valencia), Paolo Orsini (Madrid) and Mandryka (Amsterdam).

November 2014
Monday 17 20:00 A
Thursday 20 20:00 G
Sunday 23 18:00 F
Wednesday 26 20:00 D
Saturday 29 20:00 C


Act I: 65 min
Pause: 30 min.
Act II: 50 min.
Pause: 20 min.
Act III: 55 min.
Total aprox.: 3 h 40 min.