Live on fidelio: “Der Rosenkavalier”
19 FEB 2020: Richard Strauss’ “DER ROSENKAVALIER” LIVE from the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin.
Der Rosenkavalier © Ruth Walz
A spectacular production of ”Der Rosenkavalier” is coming to your screens via fidelio LIVE on 19 February 2020. Directed by André Heller and conducted by the one and only Zubin Mehta, this version of “Der Rosenkavalier” promises nothing but greatness.
After his dramatic one-act works “Salome” and “Elektra”, which were based on ancient myths, Richard Strauss was drawn to lighter, more cheerful material for his next opera in the style of Mozart’s comic operas. His change of direction was embraced by Hugo von Hofmannsthal whose libretto created an artificial, rococo Vienna with customs and dialects as convincing as they are imaginary, which Strauss refined with anachronistic waltzes. This fantasy Vienna bursting with joie de vivre, wit and traditional class boundaries, but which also bears traces of depression and morbidity, is not merely a reflection of the 18th century but also of the declining belle époque. Strauss’ score offers the full range of rich orchestral timbres with an unrestrained indulgence that culminates in the unsurpassed closing section: yet deep ruptures also appear. Only a few years before the collapse of the Habsburg monarchy, “The Rosenkavalier” is a swansong to an entire epoch.
Starring Camilla Nylund, Günther Groissböck and Nadine Sierra. Tune in on 19 February!
Recording location Berlin
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