Mark your calendars for the May 16 livestream of Der Rosenkavalier, one of the crown jewels of the opera world!
Some know it as The Knight of the White Rose. But under any name, the opera is recognized as a masterpiece, created by two geniuses of their genres- composer Richard Strauss, and librettist Hugo von Hoffmannsthal, one of the German-speaking world’s literary giants.
Set in opulent Vienna, the story is as universal as love itself. An older woman loses her young paramour to a younger rival but gains in the acceptance of the necessity of recognizing that it’s time to let go. Intertwined with that bittersweet process is a comic subplot that focuses on the attempt of a lecherous old baron to replenish his coffers by marrying the young daughter of a rich but socially lower family. Those who know the opera can attest that the results are hilarious.
Coming to you from the Malmö Opera in Sweden, the production stars an up-and coming international cast, backed up by Dmitri Bertman, director of the Helikon Opera in Moscow and Finnish conductor Leif Segerstam, both seasoned veterans of the musical stage.