21 December 2016 at 10.05am | Comment on this article
In this clip, filmmaker Felipe Sanguinetti offers an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes on Robert Carsen's new Royal Opera production of Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, as well as revealing insights into the role of a director.
‘We are interpretative artists,’ says Canadian director Carsen, who has staged many works for The Royal Opera including Verdi's Falstaff and Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites. ‘My job in telling this story is to tell it in the most effective and visually satisfying way, but also to help the actors to discover their roles.'
Luckily, Hugo von Hofmannsthal's libretto and Strauss's lush score are in the hands of master storytellers: the brand new production features two starry casts including American sopranos Renée Fleming and Rachel Willis-Sørensen, who share the lead role of the striking Marshallin.
The film captures the performers' humour and energy during the rehearsal process, as well as revealing something of the opulence of the production's designs, created by American designer Paul Steinberg.
‘The rehearsals help me arrive at what the production should be,’ reveals Carsen. 'It does not feel to me that I am imposing our idea from the outside, I am trying to find from the inside what I think the work wants.'
Der Rosenkavalier runs 19 December 2016–24 January 2017. Tickets are still available.
The production is a co-production with the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Teatro Regio, Turin, and Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, and is given with generous philanthropic support from The Monument Trust, Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet, Simon and Virginia Robertson, Susan and John Singer, the Friends of Covent Garden and The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund.