Instead of pursuing Wagner’s heroic themes as the operatic world expected, Richard Strauss composed sensual, often daring music involving massive orchestras and glittering surges of sound. He and his librettists created fascinating, unforgettable women such as Salome, Elektra, and Ariadne auf Naxos. The rise of the Nazi regime forced him to walk a dangerous tightrope between Hitler and Goebbels to maintain his integrity and to protect his dangerously vulnerable family. Ultimately, with peace came a burst of radiantly beautiful valedictory work. Fregosi will explore some of the greatest Strauss singers of the last 75 years---playing selections from Strauss’ earliest operas, the great ones from his prime, and his final operatic rumination on the very nature of opera itself.
William Fregosi is President of the Board of New Hampshire’s Monadnock Music Festival and Administrator of an Educational Retreat Center that fosters the arts in education. For 52 years he designed scenery for theater, opera and television in Boston and was Technical Coordinator for Theater Arts at MIT.
Limited seats available, walk-ins are not guaranteed admission.