Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier from the Metropolitan Opera

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Alice Coote as Octavian, Martina Serafin as the Marschallin, and Peter Rose as Baron Ochs in Strauss's 'Der Rosenkavalier.' Alice Coote as Octavian, Martina Serafin as the Marschallin, and Peter Rose as Baron Ochs in Strauss's 'Der Rosenkavalier.' (Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera)

This Saturday at 1 pm, join us for an encore broadcast of Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier recorded this season at the Metropolitan Opera. The opera stars soprano Martina Serafin as the lovely Marschallin and mezzo Alice Coote as her lover Octavian. 

Nathaniel Merrill’s Der Rosenkavalier premiered in 1969 and is one of the Met's longest-running productions. Over the years it has managed to stay fresh with the help of talented singers, who bring to life the music and the romance. In this performance conductor Edward Gardner leads a bright cast through an opera about love, lust, and new beginnings. In addition to Alice Coote and Martina Serafin, the cast includes Peter Rose as Baron Ochs and Erin Morley as the young, beautiful Sophie. 

Cast:

Conductor: Edward Gardner 
Feldmarschallin: Martina Serafin (soprano)
Octavian: Alice Coote (Mezzo-soprano) 
Sophie: Erin Morley (soprano)
Baron Ochs: Peter Rose (bass)

Comments [7]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

I must correct my statement. I DO remember this broadcast when it was originally aired. It had a defining quality of a sense of inevitable spontaneous interaction between the principals and the orchestra. A sense of well-rehearsed planning and the judicious tempi coordinated throughout. There are many world-class performers, composers and conductors today who deserve recognition and, unfortunately. today, the classical artists are being marginalized because the powers that exist seek the lowest common denominator for their boost in commercial returns on their investments.

Jun. 14 2014 06:53 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, B

FRIEDA HEMPEL, the original Feldmarschallin at the premieres of Der Rosenkavalier at the Berlin Opera and MET OPERA performances, chosen by Richard Strauss himself, had the voice, musicianship and acting prowess, plus a joie de vivre personality that gave credibility to her presentation. Frieda prepared me for my Ten Language Solo Debut concert in the main hall of Carnegie Hall. I am Wagnerian heldentenor. Last week I sang an ALL-WAGNER concert in New York. A strong vocal technique can support a very long vocal longevity. There are moments in DER ROSENKAVALIER that recall the bubbly essence of champagne. Few scores have the sumptuous buoyancy of moments in the opera.

Jun. 14 2014 02:51 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

So far the principal singers have delivered a spontaneous-sounding lively text, dramatically convincing. The ensemble of singers and orchestra meshed well consistently. The small but significant role of the Italian Singer in his single aria, Di rigori, affords the tenor ample opportunity to demonstrate his potential. Kurt Baum on his debut as the Italian Singer at the old MET OPERA HOUSE stole the show and got the best reviews of the cast. Today's tenor did well. Maestro Edward Gardner knows the score and makes the most of all its nuances subtly and strongly as the occasion warrants.

Jun. 14 2014 02:19 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

I so love the orchestration in this one.

Jun. 14 2014 10:26 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard EWagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

Marschallin is the correct spelling. Sorry for mt typo.

Jun. 14 2014 09:31 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

Although I have not heard this performance before, I am lucky to have studied voice with the original Marshallin in Berlin and at the MET OPERA, Frieda Hempel and with Alexander Kipnis, a renowned Baron Ochs at the MET OPERA and world-wide. DER ROSENKAVALIER in story line and melody and orchestration is appetite-serving for all manner of audiences. It is STRAUSS's most popular opera for good reason.

Jun. 14 2014 09:28 AM
Michael Loscalzo from New Jersey

Is there a possibility that Rosenkavalier could be staged with a counter tenor playing the role of Octavian?

Jun. 12 2014 10:25 PM

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