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Saturday, March 19, 2016 Permalink

At The Opera, Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (The Knight of the Rose), March 19, 2016


Der Rosenkavalier (The Knight of the Rose) is a comic opera in three acts by Richard Strauss to an original German libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal.  It is loosely adapted from the novel Les amours du chevalier de Faublas by Louvet de Couvrai and Molière’s comedy Monsieur de Pourceaugnac. It was first performed in Dresden on January 26, 1911.

The opera has four main characters: the aristocratic Marschallin, her very young lover Count Octavian Rofrano, her coarse cousin Baron Ochs and Ochs' prospective fiancée Sophie von Faninal, daughter of a rich bourgeois. At the Marschallin's suggestion Ochs gets Octavian to act as his Rosenkavalier and present the ceremonial silver rose to Sophie. But when Octavian meets Sophie they fall in love at first sight. By a comic intrigue they get rid of Ochs with the help of the Marschallin, who then yields Octavian to the younger woman. Although a comic opera, Der Rosenkavalier also operates at a deeper level. Conscious of the difference in age between herself and Octavian, the Marschallin muses in bittersweet fashion over the passing of time, growing old and men's inconstancy.

Marschallin – Evelyn Lear

Octavian – Frederica von Stade

Sofie – Ruth Welting

Baron Ochs – Jules Bastin

Italian Singer – Jose Carreras

Edo De Waart conductor

Decca - 1977


Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (The Knight of the Rose) BUY Rotterdam Philharmonic; Edo de Waart, conductor
Emmerich Kalman: Grafin Mariza (Countess Maritza), operetta: Wenn es Abend wird - GrÃ1/4ß mir mein Wien BUY from Magic of Wunderlich; composed by Emmerich Kalman
Puccini: E lucevan le stele from Tosca BUY RCA Orchestra; Ray Sinatra, conductor Mario Lanza

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