“A Rosenkavalier not to be missed … Renée Fleming soars to new heights. A final chance to see one of our greatest sopranos sing one of the most moving characters in the repertory.”
The final opera in the current Met: Live in HD season is Strauss’s tragicomic romance, Der Rosenkavalier. The production, the Met’s first new staging of the piece since 1969, releases exclusively at Nouveau and select Ster-Kinekor cinemas on Saturday, 10 June for limited screenings.
The opera premiered at the Court Opera, Dresden, in 1911. Set in an idealised Vienna of the past, Strauss’s most popular opera concerns a wise woman of the world who is involved with a much younger lover, but ultimately is forced to accept the laws of time, giving him up to a pretty young heiress. Hofmannsthal’s fascinating 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 dream cast of Renée Fleming singing in her final performances of one of her signature roles as the Marschallin, and Elīna Garanča in her Met role debut as the Marschallin’s young lover, Octavian, star in Strauss’s grandest opera. This production also features Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs, the Marschallin’s oafish cousin; Erin Morley as Sophie, the innocent young woman who comes between the Marschallin and Octavian; Marcus Brück in his Met debut as Sophie’s father, Faninal; and Matthew Polenzani as the Italian Singer.
In this new staging of Der Rosenkavalier, Robert Carsen, the director behind the Met’s recent Falstaff, places the action at the end of the Habsburg Empire, underscoring the opera’s subtext of class and conflict against a rich backdrop of gilt and red damask.
Carsen’s staging features set design by Paul Steinberg, costume design by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting design by Carsen and Peter Van Praet, and choreography by Philippe Giraudeau. Sebastian Weigle conducts the sparklingly perfect score.
“A Rosenkavalier not to be missed … Renée Fleming soars to new heights. A final chance to see one of our greatest sopranos sing one of the most moving characters in the repertory.” – Huffington Post
“As beautiful as ever, and a subtle, sensitive actress, Fleming gave a performance of deep feeling … Garanča’s mezzo overflowed with the warmth and richness of youth … Magical moments.” – Wall Street Journal
“Robert Carsen, in a brilliant move, has updated the original setting… Take this new production and savour it.” – The New Yorker
The running time of the opera is 4hrs and 12mins, including two intervals.
Der Rosenkavalier releases exclusively at Nouveau cinemas in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town, and at select Ster-Kinekor cinemas on Saturday, 10 June for limited screenings: 10 June at 17:00; 11 June at 14:30; 13 June at 11:30; 20 June at 18:00 and 21 June at 11:30. Bookings are now open.
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