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Der Rosenkavalier

Richard Strauss

The more mature Marschallin is the only person in this story who realizes the true nature of
love in all its facets. By making sacrifices herself, she manages to smooth the way for the young
couple Octavian and Sophie despite the intentions of the avaricious and lustful Baron Ochs von

It is early one morning. The field marshal's wife, neglected by her husband, has spent a night 
of rapturous passion with her lover Octavian. Without any warning, her cousin bursts in: the 
lecherous Baron Ochs von Lerchenau. Ochs is due to marry Sophie Faninal, the daughter of a 
rich parvenu, and is looking for a suitable Rosenkavalier (or Knight of the Rose) to present a 
ceremonial rose to his future bride. However, he takes an immediate liking to the 
‘chambermaid’ that he finds with the field marshal's wife, and makes certain unambiguous 
propositions to her. The field marshal's wife recommends Octavian as a suitable rose-bearer, 
showing Ochs a portrait of him in a locket; Ochs is greatly surprised at the striking 
‘resemblance’ of the portrait to the ‘chambermaid’, but accepts the recommendation. 
When Octavian first meets Sophie in his role as Knight of the Rose, the two young people 
instantly fall in love. Ochs, who is only interested in the girl’s dowry, continues to act in a 
very coarse and leering manner, and Sophie no longer has any intention of marrying him. 
When Ochs tries to force her to sign the marriage contract, Octavian draws a sword, 
challenges him to a duel and inflicts a minor wound to his arm. The general chaos that follows 
prevents the marriage from being legally concluded. To undermine the proposed marriage 
once and for all, a trap is also set for Ochs. In a letter, the ‘chambermaid’ invites him to an 
assignation at an inn on the outskirts of town... 
Ochs accepts the ‘chambermaid’s’ offer with enthusiasm and meets her at the inn as agreed. 
Just as he is about to lay hands on ‘her’, various figures force their way into the room, and a 
chaotic masquerade ensues. Finally, Faninal, Sophie, a police commissioner and the field 
marshal's wife also arrive. Ochs is forced to admit that he is no longer a suitable groom for 
Sophie. Octavian and Sophie remain sheepishly behind with the field marshal's wife. Once 
she is sure where Octavian’s affections now lie, she relinquishes him - in complete control of 
the scene - to the younger Sophie, and leaves the young couple to their fate. 

  • Adam Fischer | Dirigent
  • Otto Schenk | Regie
  • Rudolf Heinrich | Bühnenbild
  • Erni Kniepert | Kostüme
  • Renée Fleming | Feldmarschallin
  • Peter Rose | Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau
  • Sophie Koch | Octavian
  • Mojca Erdmann | Sophie
  • | Faninal
  • | Marianne Leitmetzerin
  • | Valzacchi
  • | Annina
  • | Polizeikommissar
  • | Haushofmeister/Faninal
  • | Notar
  • | Sänger
  • | Modistin
  • | Wirt
  • | Haushofmeister/Feldmarschallin
  • | Eine Adelige Witwe
  • | Erste adelige Waise
  • | Zweite adelige Waise
  • | Dritte adelige Waise
  • | Tierhändler
  • | Erster Lakei der Marschallin
  • | Zweiter Lakei der Marschallin
  • | Dritter Lakei der Marschallin
  • | Vierter Lakei der Marschallin
  • | 1. Kellner
  • | 2. Kellner
  • | 3. Kellner
  • | 4. Kellner
  • | Leopold
  • | Hausknecht
  • | ein kleiner Mohr


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