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Watch: Insights into the music, history and direction of Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier

American soprano Renée Fleming and Kasper Holten discuss Robert Carsen's new Royal Opera production.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

6 December 2016 at 5.00pm | 2 Comments

A ROH Insights event exploring Robert Carsen's new Royal Opera production of Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier was livestreamed for free via this page on 6 December 2016. You can watch the full event on demand.

Exclusively for audiences on our site, we've curated a selection of bonus features and interviews for anyone who would like to delve deeper following the Insight broadcast:

Watch: Renée Fleming in conversation
Watch: Robert Carsen on his production of Der Rosenkavalier
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Listen: Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano, in conversation
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Director of Opera Kasper Holten interviewed American soprano Renée Fleming about taking on the role of the Marschallin, a princess who seduces a much younger lover in the Count Octavian.

Professor Margaret Reynold from Queen Mary, University of London joined the event to discuss the historical context of the work, which had its premiere in Dresden, Germany in 1911.

Since then, Der Rosenkavalier has become one of the staple works in the opera repertory, thanks in part to its exquisite music. The above video brings viewers closer to Strauss's magnificent score, with a look at several excerpts and exclusive performances by cast members.

Director Robert Carsen, whose previous productions for The Royal Opera include Falstaff and Dialogues des Carmélites, also provided further details of his new production.

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Der Rosenkavalier runs from 17 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.

This article has 2 comments

  1. Mr. Charlie responded on 7 December 2016 at 5:51pm Reply

    Thanks so much to all the team at ROH for making this available to watch. I was lucky enough to be at the event and absolutely loved hearing from all concerned about the opera and this particular production, as well as a couple of excerpts and even a reference to Mr. Bean!! Can't wait for opening night.

  2. Andrew Andersons responded on 12 December 2016 at 12:00pm Reply

    Wonderful to watch and hear such erudite and succinct comments on one of the greatest of operas . One can only marvel at the prescience of Strauss and Von Hofmannsthal over a century ago . As an architect and fan of the Vienna Secession the idea of setting the second act in an Adolf Loos interior I think is a master stroke

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