Richard Strauss

Der Rosenkavalier

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17 May - 3 July 2014
Festival 2014

Glyndebourne’s 80th-anniversary season opens with Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, not seen at Glyndebourne since 1982, in a new staging by Richard Jones, with Robin Ticciati, the company’s new Music Director, conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

After shocking the opera world with Salome and Elektra, Richard Strauss seduced it with Der Rosenkavalier, first performed in 1911. He and librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal fashioned the most beguiling of all romantic farces, its nostalgic flavour crystallised in the elegant, sensuous waltzes which pervade and define the score.

The married, middle-aged Marschallin chooses her young lover Octavian as Rose Cavalier, bearer of the ceremonial silver rose to Sophie, the teenage fiancée of Baron Ochs, the Marschallin’s crude country cousin. But Octavian and Sophie fall in love at first sight, setting off a chain of boisterous comic intrigues that gradually yield to a bittersweet meditation on the evanescence of love and time.

The opera’s hero – the Rose Cavalier – was modelled on Mozart’s Cherubino and tailored ‘for a graceful girl dressed up as a man,’ as Hofmannsthal wrote. Poised between youth and maturity, Octavian’s voice hovers between soprano and mezzo, that timbre so perfect at embodying adolescence and androgyny. Strauss, famously enamoured of the female voice, lavished his most sumptuous music on Octavian and the two sopranos who complete the Rosenkavalier love triangle. Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught makes her role debut as Octavian, while Kate Royal, who began her career in the Glyndebourne Chorus, returns in her role debut as the Marschallin, and Teodora Gheorghiu makes her Glyndebourne debut as Sophie.

A new production for the 2014 Festival
Sung in German with English supertitles

Supported by The Monument Trust

Filming sponsored by The Gidlow-Jackson Family

By kind permission of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd

Der Rosenkavalier (recorded at the 1965 Festival) is available on the Glyndebourne CD label

Dates & Times - Der Rosenkavalier

Date Start Time Interval Finish Time Ticket Price Ranges
Saturday 17 May 2014 4:35pm 5:55 - 6:15pm,
7:10 - 8:40pm
9:40pm £205.00 Book Now
Wednesday 21 May 2014 4:35pm 5:55 - 6:15pm,
7:10 - 8:40pm
9:40pm
Please telephone the Box Office on +44 (0)1273 813813 to check for returned tickets.
Saturday 24 May 2014 4:35pm 5:55 - 6:15pm,
7:10 - 8:40pm
9:40pm
Please telephone the Box Office on +44 (0)1273 813813 to check for returned tickets.
Thursday 29 May 2014 4:35pm 5:55 - 6:15pm,
7:10 - 8:40pm
9:40pm
Please telephone the Box Office on +44 (0)1273 813813 to check for returned tickets.
Sunday 1 June 2014 3:20pm 4:40 - 5:00pm,
5:55 - 7:25pm
8:25pm
Please telephone the Box Office on +44 (0)1273 813813 to check for returned tickets.
Thursday 5 June 2014 4:35pm 5:55 - 6:15pm,
7:10 - 8:40pm
9:40pm
Please telephone the Box Office on +44 (0)1273 813813 to check for returned tickets.
Sunday 8 June 2014 3:20pm 4:40 - 5:00pm,
5:55 - 7:25pm
8:25pm
Please telephone the Box Office on +44 (0)1273 813813 to check for returned tickets.
Thursday 12 June 2014 4:35pm 5:55 - 6:15pm,
7:10 - 8:40pm
9:40pm
Please telephone the Box Office on +44 (0)1273 813813 to check for returned tickets.
Sunday 15 June 2014 3:20pm 4:40 - 5:00pm,
5:55 - 7:25pm
8:25pm
Please telephone the Box Office on +44 (0)1273 813813 to check for returned tickets.
Thursday 19 June 2014 4:35pm 5:55 - 6:15pm,
7:10 - 8:40pm
9:40pm
Please telephone the Box Office on +44 (0)1273 813813 to check for returned tickets.
Sunday 22 June 2014 3:20pm 4:40 - 5:00pm,
5:55 - 7:25pm
8:25pm
Please telephone the Box Office on +44 (0)1273 813813 to check for returned tickets.
Thursday 26 June 2014 4:35pm 5:55 - 6:15pm,
7:10 - 8:40pm
9:40pm £30.00 Book Now
Thursday 3 July 2014 4:35pm 5:55 - 6:15pm,
7:10 - 8:40pm
9:40pm
Please telephone the Box Office on +44 (0)1273 813813 to check for returned tickets.

Der Rosenkavalier with be broadcast LIVE 8 June 2013 at 4.30pm.
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Der Rosenkavalier with be broadcast LIVE 8 June 2013 at 4.30pm GST in collaboration with The Telegraph newspaper.

Act I 

The Marschallin, a married woman, and her young lover Octavian have just enjoyed a night of love. The Marschallin’s servant Mohammed arrives with breakfast and Octavian hides. When loud voices are heard just outside the room, the Marschallin believes that her husband has returned unexpectedly and Octavian hides again. He reappears disguised as a chambermaid, ‘Mariandel’ just before the sudden arrival of Baron Ochs, the Marschallin's cousin, who has come to discuss his engagement to young Sophie von Faninal, daughter of a wealthy merchant who was recently elevated to the nobility. Ochs asks the Marschallin to recommend a young man to deliver the traditional silver engagement rose to Sophie. She suggests Octavian, showing Ochs his picture, and Ochs, noticing his resemblance to ‘Mariandel’, assumes she is Octavian's illegitimate sister. Ochs propositions ‘Mariandel’, who plays coy and flees as soon as possible.

The Marschallin is suddenly besieged by vendors and supplicants. An Italian tenor serenades her while Ochs works on his marriage contract with the Marschallin's notary. Two Italian intriguers, Valzacchi and Annina, try to sell the Marschallin the latest scandal sheets. Interrupting the tenor's song, Ochs commands the notary to demand a dowry from Sophie's family. Valzacchi and Annina offer their services to Ochs.

After her guests leave, the Marschallin recalls her own early marriage and muses on her fleeting youth and the inconstancy of men. Octavian returns in his own clothing, and she tells him that one day he will leave her, which he denies. She sends Octavian away but then realises that she has forgotten to kiss him goodbye. She sends servants after him, but he is already gone. The Marschallin summons Mohammed to take the silver rose to Octavian to deliver to Sophie. 

Act II

Faninal and his daughter Sophie await the arrival of the rose bearer. As her duenna Marianne reports on the approach of Octavian, Sophie worries over her impending marriage to a man she has never met, Octavian arrives and presents the silver rose to Sophie, and the two youngsters fall instantly in love.

After a chaperoned conversation, Sophie and Octavian are joined by Ochs and Faninal. Though they have never officially met, Ochs is overly familiar with Octavian and goes on to inspect Sophie like chattel. Ochs's servants chase Faninal’s maids, causing an uproar. Octavian promises to help Sophie, and the two embrace. They are discovered by Valzacchi and Annina, who report it to Ochs, who is merely amused, considering Octavian no threat. Octavian challenges Ochs to a duel. In the fight, Ochs is slightly wounded but cries bloody murder. Sophie tells her father she will never marry Ochs. But Faninal insists, threatening to send Sophie to a convent, and ejects Octavian. Ochs, left alone, is cheering himself with a glass of port when Annina arrives bearing a letter for Ochs from ‘Mariandel’ requesting a tryst. 

Act III

Valzacchi and Annina have transferred their allegiance to Octavian and help him prepare a trap for Baron Ochs at the site of his imminent rendezvous with ‘Mariandel’. Ochs arrives and attempts to seduce the chambermaid, but is unnerved by her resemblance to Octavian. The antics of Octavian’s accomplices make Ochs think he is hallucinating. Then Annina, in disguise, barges in with a gaggle of children, claiming that Ochs is her husband and the children’s’ father. The police arrive and, to avoid a scandal, Ochs claims that ‘Mariandel’ is his fiancée Sophie. Octavian secretly lets the Police Inspector in on the plot, and the Inspector plays along. Faninal arrives, irate to be embroiled in such a scandal, and he sends for the real Sophie. When the Marschallin enters, the Police Inspector recognises her, having once served under her husband in the army. Octavian emerges, in his own clothes, and the Marschallin sends the police and all the others away. Finally comprehending the truth about the Marschallin and Octavian/Mariandel, Ochs tries to blackmail the Marschallin, but she insists that he leave gracefully. Ochs departs, pursued by creditors. 

The Marschallin, Sophie and Octavian are now alone. As Octavian is caught between the two women, the Marschallin understands that the day she predicted has come. She graciously cedes Octavian to Sophie and leaves to talk with Faninal. Sophie and Octavian enjoy a romantic moment before leaving together. Mohammed runs in to retrieve a lost article of clothing and races out again.

Creative Team

Conductor Robin Ticciati
Director Richard Jones 
Set Designer Paul Steinberg
Costume Designer Nicky Gillibrand
Movement Director Sarah Fahie
Lighting Designer Mimi Jordan Sherin

Cast

The Marschallin Kate Royal 
Octavian Tara Erraught
Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau Lars Woldt
Sophie Teodora Gheorghiu 
Herr von Faninal Michael Kraus
Marianne Leitmetzerin Miranda Keys
Valzacchi Christopher Gillett 
Annina Helene Schneiderman
Notary Gwynne Howell 
Italian Singer Andrej Dunaev 
Innkeeper Robert Wörle
Police Commissioner Scott Conner 

London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus

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