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INTERMEZZO – Richard Strauss

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Inter­mez­zo is based on an actu­al — and very upset­ting — inci­dent in Richard Strauss’s life. In 1903 an Ital­ian opera com­pa­ny was appear­ing at Berlin’s Kroll The­ater. One night after a per­for­mance the con­duc­tor, Josef Stran­sky, the star tenor, Emilio De Marchi, (who had been Puccini’s first Cavara­dos­si in Tosca just three years ear­li­er), and his man­ag­er, an Amer­i­can named Edgar Strakosch, went to the bar at the Read more