David McVicar's sumptuous period staging of Richard Strauss' comic masterpiece returns with a first-class cast.
The Marschallin, a 30-something aristocrat, is having an affair with the much younger Count Octavian. Although fearful he will leave her for a younger woman, she engineers the first meeting between her lover and the beautiful young Sophie, who is being forced into marriage with the unloveable Baron Ochs – with inevitable consequences.
Perfectly poised between comedy and pathos, Der Rosenkavalier supplies an evening of gorgeous music, lavish costumes and romantic intrigue; by turns comic and moving.
Supported by a generous gift from Dr Keith Howard OBE and the Howard Family
Approximately 4 hours (including 2 intervals)
Sung in German with English titles
...eloquently staged and very satisfyingly cast. ★ ★ ★ ★
Whenever I shed a tear at the end of Der Rosenkavalier I know the conductor's got it right. On this one I ran out of hankies. ★ ★ ★ ★
|Baron Ochs||Henry Waddington|
|Sophie von Faninal||Fflur Wyn|
|Herr von Faninal||William Dazeley (ex 2, 19 November)|
|Paul Gibson (2, 19 November)|
|Italian Tenor||Jung Soo Yun|
|Police Commissioner||Dean Robinson|
|Marschallin's Major-domo||Graham Russell|
|Faninal's Major-domo||Ivan Sharpe|
|3 Noble Orphans||Rachel J Mosley|
|Pet Seller||Warren Gillespie|
|Original Director||David McVicar|
|Revival Director||Elaine Tyler-Hall|
|Set Designer||David McVicar|
|Costume Designer||Tanya McCallin|
|Lighting Designer||Paule Constable|
|Language Coach||Rahel Wagner|