Comic opera in three acts - 1911

Composer Richard Strauss · Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
In German with German and English surtitles | New Production

Sunday, 21. March 2021
03:30 pm – 08:00 pm

Duration est. 4 hours 30 minutes

This video stream is available for free and with subtitles in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Polish.

Premiere at 21. March 2021


This performance will be broadcasted live via the internet as part of Staatsoper.TV.

This production will be broadcast live on BR-KLASSIK

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Vladimir Jurowski
Barrie Kosky
Set Design
Rufus Didwiszus
Costume Design
Victoria Behr
Alessandro Carletti
Stellario Fagone
Nikolaus Stenitzer

Die Feldmarschallin
Marlis Petersen
Der Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau
Christof Fischesser
Samantha Hankey
Herr von Faninal
Johannes Martin Kränzle
Katharina Konradi
Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin
Daniela Köhler
Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke
Ursula Hesse von den Steinen
Ein Polizeikommissar
Martin Snell
Der Haushofmeister bei der Feldmarschallin
Manuel Günther
Der Haushofmeister bei Faninal
Caspar Singh
Ein Notar
Christian Rieger
Ein Wirt
Manuel Günther
Ein Sänger
Galeano Salas
Adelige Waise
Juliana Zara
Adelige Waise
Sarah Gilford
Adelige Waise
Daria Proszek
Eine Modistin
Eliza Boom
Ein Tierhändler
George Vîrban
Eliza Boom, Sarah Gilford, Daria Proszek, Juliana Zara, George Vîrban
  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester
  • Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper

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A peculiar work, this Rosenkavalier. With Salome and Elektra, Richard Strauss had just earned himself a reputation as the enfant terrible of the bourgeoisie on the opera stage, and went, as he wrote himself, “to the limits of what ears of the day could take”, and then, together with librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal, on to conquer the audience, of all things with the anachronistically swaying waltzes of a high nobility comedy of an 18th century fantasized Vienna. The wonderful thing about this special quality: Strauss and Hofmannsthal drive the artificiality of this world to the extreme in text and music and allow it to grow into a dreamlike and nightmarish scenario. There is room here for all the themes that make Rosenkavalier so fascinating – the possibilities and impossibility of love, the urgency and relentlessness of passing time, the indispensability and relentless conditionality of autonomy and freedom to decide. Barrie Kosky’s Rosenkavalier also pays tribute to mostly less well-known sources of the work, such as the French operetta, L’ingenu libertin by Claude Terrasse and Louis Artus, consequently adds surprising facets to the cherished characters of Sophie and Octavian, Ochs and Marschallin, and in opulent images adds an exciting chapter to the piece’s Munich staging history. 

In the online premiere and subsequent performances, the work will be performed in the arrangement by composer and conductor Eberhard Kloke. Kloke's arrangement takes the character of Der Rosenkavalier as a conversation piece as a starting point for transcribing its score into the orchestration of Strauss's subsequent opera Ariadne auf Naxos - itself a work that emerged from the intersection of drama and musical theater. The idea is to change the sound and thus the tonal structure within the orchestra, as well as the balance between stage and orchestra, achieving both an expansion and a compression of the sound; the instrumentation favors a range of contrasting split sounds instead of a mixed sound. The reference to the Ariadne orchestra is expressed, for example, in the frequent use of piano, harp, celesta and harmonium.


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Designierter Generalmusikdirektor der Bayerischen Staatsoper (ab Herbst 2021)

Vladimir Jurowski, geboren in Moskau, begann seine musikalische Ausbildung am dortigen Konservatorium und setzte sie an den Musikhochschulen von Berlin und Dresden fort. Sein internationales Debüt gab er 1995 beim Wexford Festival. Seitdem dirigierte er u. a. an der Metropolitan Opera in New York, am Teatro alla Scala in Mailand, an der Opéra national de Paris, am Bolschoi-Theater in Moskau, an der Semperoper in Dresden sowie bei den Salzburger Festspielen. Von 2001 bis 2013 war er musikalischer Leiter des Glyndebourne Festivals, seit 2007 ist er Chefdirigent des London Philharmonic Orchestra. Außerdem ist er seit 2017 Chefdirigent und Künstlerischer Leiter des Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchesters Berlin (RSB). Darüber hinaus ist er Principal Artist des Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment und Künstlerischer Leiter des Staatlichen Akademischen Symphonieorchesters Russlands. Er gastierte u. a. bei den Berliner und den Wiener Philharmonikern und beim Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest in Amsterdam. Ab Herbst 2021 ist er Generalmusikdirektor der Bayerischen Staatsoper. (Stand: 2021)

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