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DER ROSENKAVALIER
(The Knight of the Rose)

Richard Strauss
1864 - 1949

Opera in three acts
Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
First performed January 26th 1911, Royal Opera House, Dresden
Sung in German with German surtitles
Duration: 4 1/4 hours with two intervals

About the work

The pain-wracked dissonances in Elektra and dream music in the fairy tale-like rose scene in Der Rosenkavalier seem ...
The pain-wracked dissonances in Elektra and dream music in the fairy tale-like rose scene in Der Rosenkavalier seem worlds apart but, almost exactly to the day, only two years separated the world premieres of both masterpieces. The original title of Der Rosenkavalier was Ochs von Lerchenau ! The work is full of comedy, tinged with tragedy. The melancholy of loneliness can be sensed behind the jolly Viennese waltzes. We realise that it is pointless to try and stop the clocks in the middle of sleepless nights, trying to defy the unstoppable. We discover, in shock, the deep conflicts between our inner perception of time and its stubborn, onward marching outside. Nevertheless, so Marie Therese, the Feldmarschallin and Countess of Werdenberg teaches us, one should not fear it because time, too, is »a creation of the father, who made us all«. This was Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal's second, and most successful opera.

Synopsis

The Marschallin has spent the night with her lover, Octavian. He hides when voices are heard outside, but it is only Baron Ochs, w ...
The Marschallin has spent the night with her lover, Octavian. He hides when voices are heard outside, but it is only Baron Ochs, who is very attracted to Octavian, now disguised as a maid, who has called to ask the Marschallin to nominate someone to deliver the traditional silver rose to his intended bride Sophie. The Marschallin proposes Octavian. When Ochs sees his picture he is amazed by his similarity with the maid »Mariandel«, who manages to escape the Baron's blatent passes by admitting those waiting outside for the levee to begin. When it is over the Marschallin is overcome by melancholy. She senses the relentless passing of time. Even Octavian is unable to comfort her. The Marschallin knows that, one day, he will leave her for someone younger. Act 2: The Rosenkavalier is eagerly awaited by Faninal's household. The presentation of the rose is the beginning of Sophie and Octavian's love. When Sophie is introduced to her future husband she is horrified by his crude manners. While the Baron is signing the marriage contract Sophie and Octavian proclaim their love. They are overheard by Annina and Valzacchi who call for the Baron. When Ochs tries to force Sophie to sign the marriage contract, Octavian wounds him. Chaos ensues. Ochs soon feels contented again, even more so when Annina, in cahoots with Octavian, hands him a note from »Mariandel« inviting him to a rendezvous. Act 3: Everything is ready for the trap set for the Baron. Octavian is so good at playing the flirtatious maid that the besotted Baron does not notice the net closing around him. Ochs is so unnerved by things going on around him that he calls for the police. The police commissioner suspects that Ochs has seduced the young woman, who Ochs passes off as his fiancée, Sophie. Faninal is outraged by the scandalous behaviour of his future son-in-law. The Marschallin arrives, sums up the situation immediately and delares that it is all a farce. She makes it clear to the Baron that he must give up all hope of marrying Sophie. He leaves. Octavian stands, helpless, between the Marschallin and Sophie.


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Cast

Conductor
Sebastian Weigle
Director
Claus Guth
Stage and Costume Designer
Christian Schmidt
Lighting Designer
Olaf Winter
Choreography
Ramses Sigl
Dramaturge
Norbert Abels
Chorus Master
Tilman Michael

Die Feldmarschallin Fürstin Werdenberg
Amanda Majeski
Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau
Bjarni Thor Kristinsson
Octavian
Paula Murrihy
Herr von Faninal
Dietrich Volle
Sophie
Christiane Karg
Marianne Leitmetzerin
Barbara Zechmeister
Valzacchi
Peter Marsh
Annina
Sharon Carty
Ein Polizeikommisär
Kihwan Sim
Der Haushofmeister bei Faninal
Michael McCown
Ein Notar
Franz Mayer
Ein Wirt
Hans-Jürgen Lazar
Ein Sänger
Mario Chang

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