Der Rosenkavalier


Richard Strauss Der Rosenkavalier opera to libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Directed 2014 by Harry Kupfer at the Salzburg Festival. Stars Krassimira Stoyanova (Feldmarschallin), Günther Groisböck (Baron Ochs), Sophie Koch (Octavian), Adrian Eröd (Faninal), Mojca Erdman (Sophie), Silvana Dussmann (Leitmetzerin), Rudolph Schasching (Valzacci), Wiebke Lehmkuhl (Annina), and Stefan Pop (Sänger). Franz Welser-Möst conducts the Wiener Philharmoniker, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Philharmoniker (Chorus Master Ernst Raffelsberger), and the Salzburger Festpiele und Theater Kinderchor (Chorus Master Wolfgang Götz). Set design by Hans Shavernoch; costume design by Yan Tax; lighting design by Jürgen Hoffmann; video direction by Brian Large. Released 2013, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

Hugo Shirley, writing in the April 2015 Gramophone (pages 111-112) deplores static directing, which results, he says, in a production that is neither funny nor moving. He's not that crazy either about any of the female singers. He feels Günther Groisböck as Baron Ochs is too young and attractive to make him an unfeasible match for Sophie, "meaning that the whole basis of the comedy is undermined." He does however praise Welser-Möst and the Vienna Phil and Chorus.

Well, the cast on this recording is attractive, and the YouTube clip below seems elegant and beautiful. Maybe we need another opinion about this video: