R. Strauss
Leipzig Opera · Leipzig · December 2006

The intention of this production was to show the really lyrical and tender aspects of the piece. It presented the story as a Viennese Cinderella, and augmented the famous final staircase scene with a series of spectacular scene changes. It was loved by people who had untill then thought Arabella was boring and rejected by those who still wanted to see it as a satyrical operetta. The Leeds version of the ball scene was completely redesigned afresh for Ghent and Antwerpen. This was Francisco Negrin truly attempting to find ways to make people listen differently to a score he loves and a story much deeper and more universal than is usually thought.

Production Team
Set: Paul Steinberg
Costumes: John Morrell
Lighting (99): Heather Carson
Lighting (04): Bruno Poet
Conductor: Richard Divall

Cast (99)
Conductor: Elgar Howarth
Fiakermilli: Nicole Tibbels
Fortune-Teller: Kim-Marie Woodhouse
Adelaide: Carole Wilson
Zdenka: Isabel Monar
Matteo: Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts
Arabella: Susannah Glanville
Count Elemer: Stephen Rooke
Waldner: Richard Angas
Mandryka: Robert Hayward

Cast (04)
Arabella: Camilla Nylund
Madrika: Hans-Joachim Ketelsen
Zdenka: Helena Juntunen
Matteo: Evan Bowers
Waldner: Marcel Rsoca
Adelaide: Catherine Wyn-Rogers
Fiakermilli: Eileen Hulse
Count Elemer: Marcel Reijans
Fortune-Teller: Susannah Self

"The Flanders Opera production, a coproduction with England's Opera North, is in the hands of Francisco Negrin, a 39 year-old  whose bold Fidelio, set in a high tech prison, was presented by the same company two years ago. His lively, well paced staging must be praised for its clarity: I have rarely seen Hofmannsthal's convoluted story narrated with such fluency. .... This production is deinitely worth a visit"

Marcel Croës
The Bulletin
May 2004




"An impeccable reading of the piece  and of great formal beauty.  By making Arabella a modern fairy tale, Francisco Negrin has diminished its smutty and unpleasant aspects, and refered explicity to the myth of Cinderella.""

Thierry Guyenne
Opéra Magazine (France)
June 2004




"Details of the action take place without becoming fussy.  A sign of a director who has truly become immersed in a work"

David Denton
Yorshire Post
May 1999