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Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier

Glyndebourne Festival 2014

3:20 PM, ​ Glyndebourne Festival, Glyndebourne

Strauss Der Rosenkavalier

Robin Ticciati
Kate Royal The Marschallin
Tara Erraught Octavian
Lars Woldt Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau
Teodora Gheorghiu Sophie
Michael Kraus Herr von Faninal
Miranda Keys Marianne Leitmetzerin
Christopher Gillett Valzacchi
Helene Schneiderman Annina
Gwynne Howell Notary
Andrej Dunaev Italian Singer
Robert Wörle Innkeeper
Scott Conner Police Commissioner

London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus

After shocking the opera world with Salome and Elektra, Richard Strauss seduced it with Der Rosenkavalier, first performed in 1911. He and librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal fashioned the most beguiling of all romantic farces, its nostalgic flavour crystallised in the elegant, sensuous waltzes which pervade and define the score.

The married, middle-aged Marschallin chooses her young lover Octavian as Rose Cavalier, bearer of the ceremonial silver rose to Sophie, the teenage fiancée of Baron Ochs, the Marschallin’s crude country cousin. But Octavian and Sophie fall in love at first sight, setting off a chain of boisterous comic intrigues that gradually yield to a bittersweet meditation on the evanescence of love and time.

The opera’s hero – the Rose Cavalier – was modelled on Mozart’s Cherubino and tailored ‘for a graceful girl dressed up as a man,’ as Hofmannsthal wrote. Poised between youth and maturity, Octavian’s voice hovers between soprano and mezzo, that timbre so perfect at embodying adolescence and androgyny. Strauss, famously enamoured of the female voice, lavished his most sumptuous music on Octavian and the two sopranos who complete the Rosenkavalier love triangle. Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught makes her role debut as Octavian, while Kate Royal, who began her career in the Glyndebourne Chorus, returns in her role debut as the Marschallin, and Teodora Gheorghiu makes her Glyndebourne debut as Sophie.

A new production for the 2014 Festival
Sung in German with English supertitles

Supported by The Monument Trust

Filming sponsored by The Gidlow-Jackson Family

By kind permission of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd

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