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Der Rosenkavalier

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Ticket pick-up at the evening box office

This production

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. Jennifer Holloway is the aristocratic young Octavian, the title “Knight of the Rose”, torn between two women: the Marschallin (Martina Serafin), the mature woman who understands that her affair with a younger man cannot last; and Sophie (Louise Alder), the young girl who unexpectedly captures his heart. Albert Pesendorfer reprises his definitive take on the outlandish Baron Ochs lusting after every woman in sight, and Philippe Jordan conducts.

After booking online, you will receive two emails: a Booking Request email will arrive immediately and a second, separate email with your Booking Confirmation will arrive within 48 hours.

We recommend arriving at least 30 min prior to curtain time. Please bring your printed Booking Confirmation to the Evening Box Office in the foyer of the Opera House. The evening box office opens one hour before curtain.

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Public transport:

Underground: U1, U2, U4 – Stop at KARLSPLATZ
Trams: 1, 2, D, 62, 71 – Stop at OPERNRING

After the performance taxis will drive up to the main entrance.

Conductor Philippe Jordan

Feldmarschallin Martina Serafin

Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau Albert Pesendorfer

Octavian Jennifer Holloway

Herr von Faninal Adrian Eröd

Sophie Louise Alder

Ein Sänger Freddie De Tommaso

Leitmetzerin Regine Hangler

Valzacchi Thomas Ebenstein

Annina Noa Beinart

Polizeikommissar Wolfgang Bankl

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.