Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (Glyndebourne)
Tara Erraught (Octavian); Kate Royal (The Marschallin ); Lars Woldt (Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau ); Teodora Gheorghiu (Sophie ); Michael Kraus (Herr von Faninal ); Miranda Keys (Marianne Leitmetzerin ); Christopher Gillett (Valzacchi ); Helene Schneiderman (Annina);
Strauss’s musicallyravishing comic masterpiece is given a visual updating in director RichardJones’s stylish and ‘gently subversive’ Glyndebourne staging, one which offers‘a dreamlike distortion not just of Vienna’s 18th-century past, but also ofeverything we know about reality’ (Financial Times). Created to mark the150th centenary of the composer’s birth, the production is packed with energyand wit, its impeccable stagecraft by no means detracting from the first-classsinging which underpins, among others, Tara Erraught’s ‘touching’ (Guardian)performance as Octavian, Kate Royal’s ‘most graceful of Marschallins’ and LarsWoldt’s ‘pitch-perfect’ Baron Ochs (Sunday Telegraph). Conductor RobinTicciati brings clarity and detail to the score, infusing the music with spiritand humanity.
"Opera Today" (It was a splendid afternoon of beautifully staged bel canto transformed into great music. )