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Saturday, May 13, 2017 Permalink

Met Opera: Der Rosenkavalier


Der Rosenkavalier
by Richard Strauss

Conducted by Sebastian Weigle


Renée Fleming stars as the Marschallin in Richard Strauss’s grandest opera with a sparklingly perfect score.

Strauss’s most popular opera concerns a wise woman of the world who is involved with a much younger lover but ultimately forced to accept the laws of time, giving him up to a pretty young heiress. The libretto deftly combines comedy, dreamy nostalgic fantasy, genuine human drama, and light but striking touches of philosophy and social commentary. Strauss’s magnificent score, likewise, works on several levels, combining the refinement of Mozart with the epic grandeur of Wagner.

The opera is originally set in Vienna in the 1740s. Genuine historical references are merged with fictitious inventions (like the “noble custom” of the presentation of the silver rose to a fiancée, which never actually existed) and anachronisms (like the Viennese Waltz, which did not yet exist at that time). It’s a mixture that creates a seductive mythical landscape, a ceremonious and impossibly beautiful Vienna-that-never-was. The Met’s new production moves the setting to the last years of the Habsburg Empire.

Despite earlier reports that Ms Fleming is to retire from the opera stage with this performance, she is not. She clarifies her plans in an article with NPR (see the link on this page).  
This production will also be broadcast in HD to cinemas in our area starting at 9:55am. See the "LINKS" section for information and to search for a theater near you. 


Start time: 10:00 AM on Capital Public Radio.
Approximate running time 4 hrs 12 min

This is the final Metropolitan Opera broadcast of the season.
Met Opera broadcasts return in December.


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