Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier

Richard Jones (stage director), Robin Ticciati (conductor) — With Kate Royal (The Marschallin), Tara Erraught (Octavian), Lars Woldt (Baron Ochs), Teodora Gheorghiu (Sophie) ...

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Richard Jones — Stage director

Paul Steinberg — Set designer

Nicky Gillibrand — Costume designer

Sarah Fahie — Movement director

Mimi Jordan Sherin — Lighting designer

Tara Erraught — Octavian

Kate Royal — The Marschallin

Lars Woldt — Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau

Gwynne Howell — Notary

Christopher Gillett — Valzacchi

Andrej Dunaev — Italian singer

Helene Schneiderman — Annina

Michael Kraus — Faninal

Miranda Keys — Marianne Leitmetzerin

Teodora Gheorghiu — Sophie von Faninal

Robert Wörle — Innkeeper

Scott Conner — Police inspector

Program notes

One of the most celebrated and widely beloved of all comic operas, Richard Strauss's bawdy, uproarious Der Rosenkavalier feels fresher than ever in this impeccable 2014 staging by provocative director Richard Jones at the Glyndebourne Festival. Jones sets the action in vibrantly colorful 1950s decor, with eye-catching sets by Paul Steinberg and stylish costumes by Nicky Gillibrand that give a "magnificent and witty" impression (The Guardian).

The vocal cast is impeccable, led by the excellent Kate Royal as the Marschallin and the "ardent and appealing" Tara Erraught in the pants role of her younger lover Octavian, her voice "rich with dark glints and bright promise." As Baron Ochs and Sophie von Faninal, who round out our amorous quadrangle, Lars Woldt and Teodora Gheorghiu are note-perfect, bringing poise and presence to the stage. Strauss's raucous score bounces and beguiles in the hands of the London Philharmonic Orchestra under 31-year-old Robin Ticciati, then just beginning his lauded run as music director of the prestigious festival.

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