Der Rosenkavalier

Richard Strauss

New Staging

From 1 to 20 October 2011

Running Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

Sung in German with electronic libretto in Italian, English, German

Notes on the performancesOpen 
“Do you not understand when something is at an end?” the Marschallin reproaches the Baron. And so the twilight elegance of the Rosenkavalier is condensed into a single line in the opera’s finale.

In his score to the libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Richard Strauss evokes the spirit of the eighteenth century – in celebration of it, certainly, but conscious that the time of love has its seasons, and that even the sunset of youth merits a smile. Der Rosenkavalier is the story of two young lovers as they discover life and love, within a jovial and sparkling plot laced with trickery and misunderstanding; and the nostalgia and melancholy of a sublime farewell waltz.

Two exceptionally talented artists, Joyce DiDonato and Anne Schwanewilms, take to the stage in the principal roles of Octavian and the Marschellin, along with Peter Rose in the role of the Baron of Ochs, in the production by the late Herbert Wernicke, under the baton of the youngest ever musical director of the Paris Opera, thirty-five-year-old Philippe Jordan.


Philippe Jordan
Staging, sets and costumes
Herbert Wernicke
Staging revived by
Alejandro Stadler
Marco Filibeck


Die Feldmarschallin
Anne Schwanewilms
Der Baron Ochs
Peter Rose
Joyce DiDonato
Herr von Faninal
Hans-Joachim Ketelsen
Jane Archibald
Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin
Ingrid Kaiserfeld
Peter Bronder
Helene Schneidermann
Ein Polizeikommissär
Alessandro Guerzoni
Der Haushofmeister bei der Feldmarschallin

Alexander Kaimbacher
Der Haushofmeister bei Faninal
Kurt Azesberger
Ein Notar
Martin Snell
Ein Wirt
Kurt Azesberger
Ein Sänger
Marcelo Álvarez (1, 4, 7, 10, 13 October)
Francesco Meli (17, 20 October)
Eine Modistin
Susanne Braunsteffer
Ein Tierhandler
Jihan Shin
Ein Hausknecht
Ernesto Panariello
Production of the Teatro Real Madrid (sets) and Opéra National Paris (costumes)
Teatro alla Scala