Herbert von Karajan conducts Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier

Teo Otto​ ​(stage director), ​Herbert von Karajan (conductor) – With Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Kurt Moll, Agnes Baltsa...

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Teo Otto — Stage director

Erni Kniepert — Costumes

Anna Tomowa-Sintow — Soprano (The Marschallin)

Agnes Baltsa — Mezzo-soprano (Octavian)

Gottfried Hornik — Bass (Faninal)

Kurt Moll — Bass (Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau)

Janet Perry — Soprano (Sophie)

Heinz Zednik — Tenor (Valzacchi)

Vienna Philharmonic

Herbert von Karajan — Conductor

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Herbert von Karajan began conducting operas at the age of 21, and continued doing so throughout the rest of his long and prestigious career. A great admirer of Richard Strauss’s music, Karajan's interpretation of Rosenkavalier demonstrates his great familiarity with the work as well as hinting at the pleasure he took in conducting the work. His creative team, including Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Kurt Moll, Agnes Baltsa, Gottfried Hornik, Janet Perry, and Heinz Zednik, remains to this day one of the most spectacular solo distributions the work has ever enjoyed. Legendary for his rigorous approach to rehearsing and performing, the maestro took on the roles of artistic director, music director, and even became involved in certain aspects of filming.  

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