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Kirill Petrenko (c) Teatro Alla Scala

Strauss R. Der Rosenkavalier

From 15 October TO 29 October 2024
Teatro alla Scala - Milano
Program

Strauss R. : Der Rosenkavalier 200 mn

Cast
  • Conductor
    Kirill Petrenko
  • Director
    Harry Kupfer
  • Performers
    Die Feldmarschallin Fürstin Werdenberg: Krassimira Stoyanova
    Octavian: Kate Lindsey
    Sophie: Sabine Devieilhe
    Ochs auf Lerchenau: Günther Groissböck
    Ein Sänger: Piero Pretti
    Herr von Faninal: Johannes Martin Kränzle
    Annina: Tanja Ariane Baumgartner
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Teatro alla Scala - Milano Location Via Filodrammatici, 2 - 20121 Milano Italie

  • Venue's Capacity: 2000

After fire destroyed the Royal Ducal Theatre, Milanese aristocrates took no more than twelve days to design a new theatre and send their plans to the Empress Maria Theresa. Two years later, in 1778, the new opera house was inaugurated, on the site of the Santa Maria alia Scala Church. The Teatro alia Scala wasted no time in becoming one of the best: all of Europe came to admire the flamboyant costumes, the impressive chorus, and the singers, famous for their dramatic finesse. The audience was a show in itself: people visited in their respective boxes, exchanged the latest news, dined, and played cards... A tradition that is now lost to the ages, while the Scala's public nonetheless still knows how to make itself heard if it completely disagrees with a trill, or when it enthusiastically applauds a prima donna.

During the nineteenth century, competition from the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, which then attracted the peninsula's best voices, obliged the Milanese opera house to undergo renovation, which it did with panache! Rossini's, Bellini's, and Verdi's names were henceforth linked to that of the illustrious house, and the history of Italian music was written within its walls. Works such as NORMA, NABUCCO, II TURCO IN ITALIA, and FALSTAFF were premiered here, while singers such as Isabella Colbran and Maria Malibran triumphed on its stage.

The end of Verdi's reign ushered in the beginning of Toscanini's. Despite his famous temper tantrums, the Italian conductor formed an orchestra and a permanent company which imposed new standards of quality the world over. Those were the days that one could sing at the MET only under the condition of having been previously consecrated on the Scala's stage...

The Scala was destroyed in 1943. Rapidly reconstructed along the original plans, the house has never lost its soul, thanks to artists such as Giulini, Kaum war die Herrschaft Verdis zuende, Callas, Karajan, and Tebaldi, who all once trembled at the idea of appearing in the light shed over the stage by the hall's huge Murano crystal chandelier.

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Der Rosenkavalier

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The Knight of the Rose (Le chevalier à la Rose) is a three-act comic opera by Richard Strauss to Hugo Von Hofmannsthal, the original German libretto, and Harry Von Kessler. The opera was first performed at the Königliches Opernhaus in Dresden, Germany on January 26, 1911 under the direction of Monsieur de Pourceaugnac. Initially, the title of the Knight of the Rose was Ochs Von Lerchenau. Le Chevalier à la Rose was an immediate hit and it is reported that at the time of its debut, tickets were completely sold out. Today, Le Chevalier à la Rose remains a part of the standard opera repertory.

Act 1 The Marschallin's Bedroom
The Marschallinand Count Octavian Rofrano, her younger lover, exchanges vows of love in the absence of her husband. Baron Ochs, Marschallin's boorish cousin arrives to reveal his engagement to Sophie von Fanninal. Och desperately needs a knight to deliver a traditional silver rose to Sophie. However, for a moment, Mariandel (Octavian disguised as a chambermaid), intrigues Ochs.
The valet and the maids waltz in and out of the room, which gets filled with supplicants. Also, a morning serenade performed by an Italian singer gets interrupted by the arrival of Baron Ochs. After the agitation, the Marschallian finds herself all by herself. She doesn't think much of her egotistical cousin. At the thought of her early marriage, she starts to muse and contemplates her youthfulness and the unavoidable passage of time.

Act 2: The Von Fanninal's Home
The Marschallian comes to realize that Octavian will one day leave her for someone younger. However, despite that, she sticks with her choice to have Octavian present the silver rose to the bride-to-be. Sophie on the other hand forgets all about her pending marriage when she sees Octavian. As soon as she sets her eyes on him, it's love at first sight.
When Baron Ochs arrives at the Fanninal household, he treats Sophie rudely. How can she marry this arrogant man, especially when she has fallen for someone else? However, Ochs surprises the two (Sophie and Octavian) during a soft conversation. Octavian loses his cool and challenges Ochs to a duel in which the Baron gets slightly wounded in the fracas and cries out bloody murder. A doctor is called, but the Baron's spirit is lifted by only a glass of wine. Ochs receives Mariandel's letter asking him for a meeting, but it all turns out to be a trap set by Octavian.

Act 3: Private Room in an Inn
Ochs attempts to seduce Mariandel but he's caught when Sophie and her father in the act, Octavian is responsible. Ochs leaves the room embarrassed and in the meantime, the Marschallin, who arrives to sort out the situation, discovers that Octavian is in love with Sophie. A sublime trio follows.

THE MAIN ROLES
Die Feldmarschallin Fürstin Werdenberg, Marshallin (Soprano)
Der Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau, Baron (Basso)
Octavian, Marschallin’s young lover (Mezzo)
Herr von Faninal, rich merchant who has just acquired a noble title (Baritone)
Sophie, his daughter (Soprano)
Valzacchi, Conspirator (Tenor)
Annina, his accomplice (Contralto)
A singer (Tenor) A notary (Basso)

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