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Run time: 4hrs 15min, 2 intermissions
Sung in GERMAN
Subtitles in English, German, Italian, French, Russian, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese
This production of Strauss’s most popular opera by Otto Schenk perfectly captures the glittering image of Vienna the way the Viennese—and the rest of the world—wish it had been, and it is the ideal setting for an adult comedy of love and errors. Daniela Sindram is the aristocratic young Octavian, the title “Knight of the Rose”, torn between two women: the Marschallin (Krassimira Stoyanova), the mature woman who understands that her affair with a younger man cannot last; and Sophie (Erin Morley), the young girl who unexpectedly captures his heart. Günther Groissböck reprises his definitive take on the outlandish Baron Ochs lusting after every woman in sight, and Philippe Jordan conducts.
Born in Munich into a family of musicians, Richard Strauss (1864–1949) began his musical studies at the age of four, began composition studies aged 11 and in 1883 became a protégé of the conductor Hans von Bülow, who encouraged him to study the music of Wagner. Strauss’s early masterpieces include several orchestral tone poems and many songs. Around the end of the 19th century, Strauss turned his attention to opera.
The libretto for Rosenkavalier is by Viennese author and poet Hugo von Hofmannsthal (1874–1929), with whom Strauss collaborated over the course of 20 years in one of the most remarkable partnerships in the history of opera. Hofmannsthal was a sophisticated dramatist, part of the astonishing Viennese intellectual scene of the time, along with Sigmund Freud, Joseph Roth, and Stefan Zweig. Inspiration for the libretto came from novel Les amours du chevalier de Faublas by Louvet de Couvrai and Molière's comedy Monsieur de Pourceaugnac.