27 May 2014
The 18th century librettist-turned-New York grocer da Ponte wrote some of Strauss's favourite libretti, and in part inspired Elektra and Die Frau ohne Schatten.
7 April 2014
Strauss's eighth opera explores similar themes to Die Frau ohne Schatten, albeit in a lighter tone.
11 March 2014
A donkey ('Esel' in German) was the leftfield subject of Strauss's comic final opera, Des Esels Schatten.
4 March 2014
The bombing of his favourite city in World War II left Strauss distraught and inspired one of his greatest final works.
10 February 2014
Strauss's wife inspired some of the greatest roles he wrote.