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Johan Persson
30.10.2021 at 19h00 CET
Saturday, October 30, 2021 - 19:00

Garsington Opera

Der Rosenkavalier

Time is a strange thing. It is absolutely nothing. Then, suddenly, one is aware of nothing else.

Operas | Strauss

The Marschallin is relishing time with her young lover, when her cousin’s sudden arrival ignites a comic chain of events. With honour at risk, social status bartered and happiness illusive, the Marschallin accepts time cannot be stopped and she must set young love free.

 

Exquisite music, poignant comedy and fairy tale romance: Der Rosenkavalier has it all. For its Garsington premiere, Bruno Ravella transposes what is perhaps  Richard Strauss’s most famous opera to the glamorous 1950s. Jordan de Souza conducts the excellent Philharmonia Orchestra and a bravura cast. ‘Garsington is back with a show that’s a joy to the ears, and a feast for the eyes. Mail on Sunday

This performance from Garsington Opera is a co-production with Irish National Opera and Santa Fe Opera. Recorded in June 2021 at Wormsley.

 

Sung in German. Subtitles are available in English, French and German with the option of auto-translation into over 100 other languages.

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30.10.2021 at 19h00 CET

Available until
29.04.2022 at 12h00 CET

The MarschallinMiah Persson
Octavian (Quinquin)Hanna Hipp
Sophie von FaninalMadison Leonard
Baron Ochs of LerchenauDerrick Ballard
Herr von FaninalRichard Burkhard
Marianne LeitmetzerinRebecca von Lipinski
ValzacchiColin Judson
AnninaKitty Whately
An Italian tenorOliver Johnston
A commissar of policeJulian Close
A notaryKieran Rayner
Leopold (silent)Timothy Blore
Faninal’s major-domoGlen Cunningham
An innkeeperAlexander Aldren
The Marschallin’s major-domoRichard Pinkstone
Three noble daughtersZoe Drummond, Flora Macdonald, Gabriella Bellenes
A millinerMeinir Wyn Roberts
An animal sellerOsian Wyn Bowen
BootsJames Atkinson
Cupid (silent)George Nearn Stuart
LackeysGuy Elliott, Edward Robinson, David Horton, Mark Nathan
WaitersSeumas Begg, Osian Wyn Bowen, James Geidt, Joe Chalmers
ChorusGarsington Opera Chorus
OrchestraPhilharmonia Orchestra


MusicRichard Strauss
TextHugo von Hofmannsthal
ConductorJordan de Souza
DirectorBruno Ravella
DesignerGary McCann
Lighting DesignerMalcolm Rippeth
Chorus MasterJonathon Cole-Swinard
Assistant conductorAnthony Legge
Assistant directorJeanne Pansard-Besson
Music staffKate Golla, Nicholas Ansdell-Evans, Richard Peirson
Language coachKatja Vanessa Parmar
Stage managerKate Watkins
Deputy stage managerBen Cook
Assistant stage managerLucy Neale
Transcription for middle-sized orchestraEberhard Kloke
Music courtesy of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Limited

Act One

The Marschallin’s bedroom

The Marschallin has spent the night with her young lover, Octavian, whom she calls by his pet-name, Quinquin. Hearing voices, they fear that her husband, the Feldmarschall, has returned unexpectedly. Octavian disguises himself as a maidservant but the intruder is the Marschallin’s cousin, Baron Ochs of Lerchenau. The Baron brings news of his forthcoming marriage to Sophie, the daughter of Herr von Faninal, a recently ennobled merchant. He is much taken with Octavian who, unable to escape, is introduced by the Marschallin as Mariandel, her new chambermaid.

Ochs has come to request his cousin’s help in finding someone suitable to make the traditional presentation of a silver rose to his fiancée. The Marschallin objects to the attentions he is paying to her chambermaid but Ochs is unabashed: such actions are a nobleman’s prerogative. He speculates that Mariandel is so pretty she must have blue blood in her veins and boasts of having his own illegitimate offspring in his service, his manservant Leopold. The Marschallin suggests Count Octavian Rofrano as a possible rose-bearer and produces a portrait of him. Ochs is intrigued by the resemblance to Mariandel.

The Marschallin holds her morning levée. The Baron consults her lawyer but loses his temper when told that, as bridegroom, he cannot stipulate the terms of the marriage settlement. He is approached by the mysterious Italians, Valzacchi and Annina, who offer to watch over his fiancée to ensure her fidelity.

When everyone has gone, the Marschallin remembers herself as a young girl, forced into a loveless marriage. When Octavian returns she warns him that one day he will leave her for someone younger. He rejects the very idea. They discuss meeting later and part coolly. The Marschallin realises that she did not even kiss him goodbye and sends her servant after him with the silver rose.

Act Two

Herr von Faninal’s house

Faninal’s household is in a state of high excitement at the imminent arrival of the rose- bearer. Octavian enters with the silver rose and presents it to Sophie. Following the formalities, they talk, but are interrupted by the arrival of the groom, Baron Ochs. Sophie is appalled by his condescension towards her family and by his boorish behaviour. Speculating on the delights of the wedding night ahead, Ochs congratulates himself on the ‘luck of the Lerchenaus’ and goes off to discuss the marriage contract with Faninal.

Sophie admits to Octavian that she would do anything to avoid the marriage. He promises to help her. They are overheard by Valzacchi and Annina who summon Ochs. He at first laughs off the incident but becomes increasingly furious when Octavian insists that the wedding must be called off. In the ensuing struggle, Ochs is wounded. Faninal orders Octavian to leave but as he goes he enlists the Italians to work for him instead of Ochs. Recovering his temper upon realising that his wound is not life-threatening, Ochs is further cheered by the arrival of Annina with a message from ‘Mariandel’, suggesting a rendezvous at an inn.

Act Three

A private room at an inn

Valzacchi and his accomplices arrange various surprises for Baron Ochs, under the instruction of Octavian, who is again disguised as Mariandel. Ochs arrives but his attempts at seduction are thwarted by strange interruptions. He rings the bell in terror, only to be confronted by Annina, claiming to be his deserted wife and producing children whom she insists are his. A police commissar arrives and demands that the Baron explain what he is doing with a young girl in his room. When Ochs attempts to extricate himself by explaining that the girl is his fiancée, Faninal appears and is scandalised by the suggestion that Mariandel is his daughter. He sends for Sophie, who is waiting outside, before collapsing from shock. The chaos mounts until the Marschallin enters, summoned by Leopold on his master’s behalf.

Appraising the situation, she quickly takes control. Recognising the commissar as her husband’s former army orderly, she convinces him that this has all been a joke. Ochs persists in trying to insist on his marriage to Sophie but the Marschallin reveals Octavian/Mariandel’s true identity and he is persuaded to leave, pursued by the landlord, waiters and musicians, demanding payment. Sensing Octavian’s dilemma, the Marschallin tells him to go to Sophie. Seeing them together, so clearly in love, she reflects that what she prophesied has come to pass, sooner than she had foreseen.

The Marschallin withdraws, leaving the two young lovers alone.