Amanda Majeski Stars in 'Der Rosenkavalier' from the Lyric

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Amanda Majeski stars as the Marschallin in the Lyric's 'Der Rosenkavalier.' Amanda Majeski stars as the Marschallin in the Lyric's 'Der Rosenkavalier.' (Cory Weaver/Lyric Opera)

This Saturday at 1 pm, the Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Richard Strauss's imperial Der Rosenkavalier, starring soprano Amanda Majeski as the Marschallin and mezzo-soprano Alice Coote as her younger lover, Octavian. Edward Gardner conducts this performance. 

The opera, with its libretto by Hugo von Hoffmanstal, incorporates competing interests of love, class and social mores during the fall of the Hapsburg Empire. It begins the morning after the Marschallin and Octavian have spent a lusty night together. Into the scene steps Baron Ochs, bragging of his forthcoming engagement to the young and soon-to-be wealthy heiress, Sophie. However, when Octavian presents Sophie with a silver rose on behalf of the baron, the she falls madly in love with the rose bearer.

By the end of the opera, the Baron gets his comeuppance and the Marschallin steps aside so that Octavian and Sophie can pursue their newfound romance. 

Click below to hear WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon's three-minute take on this beloved Strauss classic.

Cast:

Marschallin: Amanda Majeski
Octavian: Alice Coote
Sophie: Christina Landshamer
Baron Ochs: Matthew Rose
Faninal: Martin Gantner
A Singer: René Barbera
Annina: Megan Marino

Conductor: Edward Gardner

Comments [4]

Concetta Nardone from Nassau

How beautiful. could not listen to all of it but
Bravi Tutti.

Jun. 25 2016 04:05 PM
Adele F (aka AF) from Nassau County, Long Island

Opps! typo in my earlier comment! Make that "politically correct."

Jun. 25 2016 03:53 PM
Adele F (aka AF) from Nassau County, Long Island

The cast lists "a singer." Not an "Italian singer or tenor?" Are we being political correct??

Jun. 25 2016 02:57 PM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

Thanks Jeff,
Is Octavian a boy toy? Gorgeous opera, sad. I so love the orchestrations in this one. Thanks. But I bet you cannot top my take on Thais? So there.
Best wishes

Jun. 25 2016 01:54 PM

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