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Der Rosenkavalier © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH - Axel Zeininger

Strauss R. Der Rosenkavalier

From 07 April TO 17 April 2022
Wiener Staatsoper - Wien
Program

Strauss R. : Der Rosenkavalier 200 mn

Cast
  • Conductor
    Philippe Jordan
  • Director
    Otto Schenk
  • Performers
    Die Feldmarschallin Fürstin Werdenberg: Maria Bengtsson
    Octavian: Christina Bock
    Sophie: Louise Alder
    Ochs auf Lerchenau: Günther Groissböck
    Ein Sänger: Josh Lovell
  • Venue Info
  • Seating Plan
  • Synopsis

Wiener Staatsoper - Wien Location Opernring 2 - 1010 Wien Autriche

  • Venue's Capacity: 1709

The Vienna State Opéra is much more than just a local institution; it is a vital part of the city's identity and a national landmark.

As of the 17th century, the Hapsburgs lavishly patronized the opéra. Family members Ferdinand III and Leopold I composed for the théâtre, while Charles VI tried his hand at conducting the orchestra, and the Empress Maria-Theresa often mingled with the corps de ballet.

During the 19th century, the Karntnerthor-Theater was demolished and the présent building was constructed on the famous " Ring ". It was here that Mahler, with the help of the set designer Alfred RoUer, imposed a new style of performance, based on audacious stagings and a very précise interprétation ofthe score, which demanded countless rehearsals.

After the fall of the Hapsburgs, Richard Strauss took over the reins of the newly baptized Vienna State Opéra. Curiously enough, only one of Strauss'operas, THE WOMAH WITHOUT A SHADOW, was premiered in Vienna. Clemens Krauss and Karl Bôhm were to follow in his footsteps. Under Bôhm's direction, the Opera created its own Company, which was to serve as a model for several générations. Even the bombs that destroyed the opéra house in 1945 could not prevent singer s such as Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Irmgard Seefried, Sena Jurinac or Erich Kunz from becoming legendary.

One musn't think that the Viennese applaud only their homegrown stars. In 1955, when Maria Callas came to sing LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR in the reconstructed building with Karajan conducting, the public blocked traffic to pay tribute to the diva... in the street! Karajan succeeàed Karl Bôhm, and invited many international stars to corne sing on the Viennese stage. Works were henceforth sung in their language of origin, and coproductions with La Scala permitted the disco-very of voices such as that of Mirella Freni in LA BOHEME.

Ioan Holender has suceeded in deftly combining these international distributions with an ensemble System. He has scheduled many works never heard on the Viennese stage, which are now included in the Opera's répertoire, such as Verdi's JERUSALEM and Enesco's OEDIPE, furthering a policy instated under Claudio Abbado's brilliant direction. Whatever changes may now occur, the Opera will continue to stage at least 300 performances per season (an absolute world record ren-dered feasible thanks to the în-house technical crew, which hires no less than 250 people), and the public will continue to applaud the finest orchestra any amateur could wish for in the pit : the Vienna Philharmonie !

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Synopsis

Der Rosenkavalier

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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