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Saturday, May 25, 2019 Permalink

At The Opera, Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkvalier, May 25, 2019


Der Rosenkavalier (The Knight of the Rose), Op. 59, 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 at the Königliches Opernhaus in Dresden on January 26, 1911 under the direction of Max Reinhardt, Ernst von Schuch conducting. Until the premiere the working title was Ochs auf Lerchenau. The choice of the name Ochs is not accidental, for in German "Ochs" means "ox,"

The opera has four main characters: the aristocratic Marschallin; her very young lover, Count Octavian Rofrano; her brutish cousin Baron Ochs; and Ochs' prospective fiancée, Sophie von Faninal, the daughter of a rich bourgeois. At the Marschallin's suggestion, Octavian acts as Ochs' Rosenkavalier by presenting a ceremonial silver rose to Sophie. However, the young people fall in love on the spot, and soon devise a comic intrigue to extricate Sophie from her engagement. They accomplish this with help from the Marschallin, who then yields Octavian to the younger woman. Though a comic opera, the work incorporates some weighty themes (particularly through the Marschallin's character arc), including infidelity, aging, sexual predation, and selflessness (or the lack of it) in love.


Marschallin – Evelyn Lear

Baron Ochs – Jules Bastin

Octavian – Frederica Von Stade

Sophie – Ruth Welting

The Italian Singer – Jose Carreras

Edo de Waart – conductor

DECCA - 1977


8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:08 p.m.
Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (The Knight of the Rose) BUY Rotterdam Philharmonic; Edo de Waart, conductor
11:00 p.m.
11:43 p.m.
Puccini: Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Humming Chorus BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Puccini
London/Decca 4758366
11:46 p.m.
Verdi: Aida, opera: Ritorna vincitor! BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Verdi
London/Decca 4758366

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