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Der Rosen-
kavalier

Marita Sølberg, Mari Eriksmoen og Adrian Angelico i Rosenkavaleren. Foto: Erik Berg
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Running
16. March–13. April
SCENE
Main Stage
Duration
4 h 15 min / 2 breaks

A bittersweet encounter between young love and mature melancholy

Finally it returns – Richard Strauss’s classic opera, featuring love and comedy, powerful emotions and powerful music! Experience Marita Sølberg, Mari Eriksmoen and Adrian Angelico perform the beautiful final trio and enter the glittering ballrooms of 1700s Vienna.

Was it just a dream?

The curtain rises to the afterglow of a lover’s night, where the Marschallin, Princess Werdenberg, bids farewell to her young lover Octavian. Baron von Ochs asks her if she knows of any nobleman who could deliver a silver rose to his intended, the young Sophie, and thus commence wooing her. The princess suggests Octavian. But when he meets Sophie, they fall so madly in love that nothing can come between them. Behind stands the mature woman, who realizes that she has to let go of her lover, her dream and beautiful youth itself.

The opera plays with ridiculous complications, intrigues, social class, gender roles, and the erotic, against seductive waltzes and minuets. At the same time, Der Rosenkavalier is a play on sincerity and genuine emotions, with deeper psychological layers beneath dreams and musical triads.

The renowned opera director Sir David McVicar has created the set design and the production has received public and critical acclaim at a number of British opera houses.

Like butter

Richard Strauss wrote Der Rosenkavalier in 1911, immediately after his modernist Elektra. The experienced composer returns to the classic Mozart-esque opera, with universal character types who remind of Cherubino and Countess Almaviva from the Marriage of Figaro, but also the older Bartolo and the young Rosina from Rossini’s Barber of Seville.

Hugo von Hoffmannsthal, who wrote the text, set the events in an aristocratic environment in Vienna around 1740, during the reign of Maria Theresa. Strauss played with styles, times and the fruits of a long blooming opera history. «It is like butter!» he exclaimed during the process of writing this opera.

The result became Germany’s greatest operatic success of the 20th Century. Extra trains were scheduled between Berlin and Dresden, where the opera premièred. Since then, the public have continued to love Strauss’ strange and beautiful playful opera.

Première discussion
Free introduction one hour before the performance

Artistic team and cast

  • Music
    Richard Strauss
  • Libretto
    Hugo von Hofmannsthal
  • Conductor
    Joana Mallwitz
  • Director and Set designer
    Sir David McVicar
  • Costumes
    Tanya McCallin
  • Choreography
    Andrew George
  • Lighting design
    Paule Constable
Roles
  • Marsjalinnen
    Marita Sølberg
    16. Mar 2019
    19. Mar 2019
    22. Mar 2019
    24. Mar 2019
    27. Mar 2019
    30. Mar 2019
    7. Apr 2019
    10. Apr 2019
    13. Apr 2019
  • Baron Ochs
    Henry Waddington
    16. Mar 2019
    19. Mar 2019
    22. Mar 2019
    24. Mar 2019
    27. Mar 2019
    30. Mar 2019
    7. Apr 2019
    10. Apr 2019
    13. Apr 2019
  • Octavian
    Adrian Angelico
    16. Mar 2019
    19. Mar 2019
    22. Mar 2019
    24. Mar 2019
    27. Mar 2019
    30. Mar 2019
    7. Apr 2019
    10. Apr 2019
    13. Apr 2019
  • Faninal
    Fredrik Zetterström
    16. Mar 2019
    19. Mar 2019
    22. Mar 2019
    24. Mar 2019
    27. Mar 2019
    30. Mar 2019
    7. Apr 2019
    10. Apr 2019
    13. Apr 2019
  • Sophie
    Mari Eriksmoen
    16. Mar 2019
    19. Mar 2019
    22. Mar 2019
    24. Mar 2019
    27. Mar 2019
    30. Mar 2019
    7. Apr 2019
    10. Apr 2019
    13. Apr 2019
  • Marianne
    Eli Kristin Hanssveen
    16. Mar 2019
    19. Mar 2019
    22. Mar 2019
    24. Mar 2019
    27. Mar 2019
    30. Mar 2019
    7. Apr 2019
    10. Apr 2019
    13. Apr 2019
  • Valzacchi
    Thor Inge Falch
    16. Mar 2019
    19. Mar 2019
    22. Mar 2019
    24. Mar 2019
    27. Mar 2019
    30. Mar 2019
    7. Apr 2019
    10. Apr 2019
    13. Apr 2019
  • Annina
    Ingebjørg Kosmo
    16. Mar 2019
    19. Mar 2019
    22. Mar 2019
    24. Mar 2019
    27. Mar 2019
    30. Mar 2019
    7. Apr 2019
    10. Apr 2019
    13. Apr 2019
  • Politikommissær
    Jens-Erik Aasbø
    16. Mar 2019
    19. Mar 2019
    22. Mar 2019
    24. Mar 2019
  • Politikommissær
    Emil Havold Næshagen
    27. Mar 2019
    30. Mar 2019
    7. Apr 2019
    10. Apr 2019
    13. Apr 2019
  • En sanger
    Henrik Engelsviken
    16. Mar 2019
    19. Mar 2019
    22. Mar 2019
    24. Mar 2019
    27. Mar 2019
    30. Mar 2019
    7. Apr 2019
    10. Apr 2019
    13. Apr 2019
  • Marsjalinnens hushovmester
    Marek Lipok
    16. Mar 2019
    19. Mar 2019
    22. Mar 2019
    24. Mar 2019
    27. Mar 2019
    30. Mar 2019
    7. Apr 2019
    10. Apr 2019
    13. Apr 2019
  • Faninals hushovmester
    Gabriel Birjovanu
    16. Mar 2019
    19. Mar 2019
    22. Mar 2019
    24. Mar 2019
    27. Mar 2019
    30. Mar 2019
    7. Apr 2019
    10. Apr 2019
    13. Apr 2019
  • En notar
    Øystein Skre
    16. Mar 2019
    19. Mar 2019
    22. Mar 2019
    24. Mar 2019
    27. Mar 2019
    30. Mar 2019
    7. Apr 2019
    10. Apr 2019
    13. Apr 2019
  • En dyrehandler
    Ørjan Hinna
    16. Mar 2019
    19. Mar 2019
    22. Mar 2019
    24. Mar 2019
    27. Mar 2019
    30. Mar 2019
    7. Apr 2019
    10. Apr 2019
    13. Apr 2019
  • En hatteselger
    Kristin Rustad Høiseth
    16. Mar 2019
    19. Mar 2019
    22. Mar 2019
    24. Mar 2019
    27. Mar 2019
    30. Mar 2019
    7. Apr 2019
    10. Apr 2019
    13. Apr 2019
  • En vert
    Hallvar Djupvik
    16. Mar 2019
    19. Mar 2019
    22. Mar 2019
    24. Mar 2019
    27. Mar 2019
    30. Mar 2019
    7. Apr 2019
    10. Apr 2019
    13. Apr 2019
Price
100.00 - 795.00 NOK
  • Wednesday 27. March
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  • Saturday 30. March
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  • Sunday 7. April
    18.00 / Main Stage
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  • Wednesday 10. April
    18.00 / Main Stage
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  • Saturday 13. April
    18.00 / Main Stage
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