Why See Metropolitan Opera: Der Rosenkavalier?
Disguises, duels and duets are the order of the day in Richard Strauss' magnificently extravagant Der Rosenkavalier, or the Rose-bearer, being the name of an engagement tradition in mid-eighteenth century Vienna. The task is simple, elect someone to deliver to your beloved a silver rose as proof of your love and reap the reward in matrimony. But woe-betide you if you chose the wrong man, especially if he is younger, more handsome and altogether a lot more desirable than you.
Renee Fleming stars as Marschallin, with James Levine conducting in Robert Carsen's brand new production in collaboration with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Teatro Regio Di Torino.
Comic and romantic, Der Rosenkavalier is also a poignant and bitter-sweet exploration of the passage of time and the effect on our hearts.
THE STORY OF DER ROSENKAVALIER
Concerning the older and alluring Marschallian, a grand princess who finds solace in the arms of her much younger lover Octavian until the entrance of her hot-blooded and churlish cousin Baron Ochs. Setting his sights on wealthy and beautiful merchant's daughter Sophie, he enlists the help of Octavian as his rose bearer. Of course, once they set eyes on each other, all is lost for both Marshchallian and Baron Ochs. The former accepts her fate elegantly, the latter, well, not so much...
Opening night: 13 April 2017
Sung in German with titles in English, German and Spanish
Four hours and 23 minutes long with two intermissions
Cast and Creative
Production: Nathaniel Merrill
Set and Costume Designer: Robert O'Hearn
Lighting Designer: Gil Wechsler
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