"But the right one," sings Arabella: Only him will she give her love. And the hope of meeting him "in this world" and experiencing precisely that is the central theme of today's concepts of love. Arabella, urged by her family to enter a lucrative marriage of convenience, insists on the idea of pure love and insists on it as if it were the last bastion of her self-preservation in relation to an environment in which everything goes awry. And the librettist, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, and his composer, Richard Strauss, dare to do it. Arabella's wish is fulfilled, the man of her dreams, Mandryka, appears. But not even this ideal couple enter into marriage unscathed since one thing in Arabella's dream is not fulfilled: " ... and there will be no doubts and no questions."