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Der Rosenkavalier

Comic opera in 3 acts by Richard Strauss

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About the production

  • Run time: 4hrs 15min, 2 intermissions
  • Sung in: GERMAN
  • Subtitles: English, German and other languages
  • Opera house: Vienna State Opera

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. Kate Lindsey 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 (Vera-Lotte Boecker), 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.

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Vienna State Opera


Opernring 2, 1010 Vienna View in Google Maps

How to get there:

Subway: U1, U2, U4 to Karlsplatz

Trams: 1, 2, D, 62, 71 to Opernring

After the performance taxis will drive up to the main entrance

Conductor: Philippe Jordan

Feldmarschallin: Krassimira Stoyanova

Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau: Günther Groissböck

Octavian: Kate Lindsey

Herr von Faninal: Adrian Eröd

Sophie: Vera-Lotte Boecker

Ein Sänger: Juan Diego Flórez (12, 18 Dez)

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.