Excerpt from Renée Fleming´s portrait of Arabella ("Aber der richtige") from the DVD just released from the Zurich Opera House:
The production is an old one by Götz Friedrich. Danish barytone Morten Frank Larsen was a last-minute replacement for Thomas Hampson as Mandryka. Welser-Möst conducts.
Renée Fleming really shines in Richard Strauss´ music as virtually nobody else on stage today. 50 years ago, she would have had some tough competition, though:
Lisa della Casa also with "Aber der richtige" from Arabella.
As an afterthought (see comment one), there is another singer of today, who belongs here:
Karita Mattila again with "Aber der richtige" from Arabella (production from Paris). The beauty of her middle register is just immense..