Der Rosenkavalier


Richard Strauss Der Rosenkavalier opera to libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Directed 2017 by Robert Carsen at the The Met. Stars Elīna Garanča (Octavian), Renée Fleming (Marschallin), Billy Conahan (Mohammed), Günther Groissböck (Baron Ochs), Scott Scully (Major-domo), Marco Jordão, Ross Benoliel, Clark Smith, Edward Hanlon (Lackeys),  Sidney Fortner (Noble widow), Maria D'Amato, Christina Thomson Anderson, Rosalie Sullivan (Three noble orphans), Anne Nonemacher (A milliner), Dustin Lucas (An animal vendor), James Countney (Notary), Alan Oke (Valzacchi), Helene Scheiderman (Annina), Tom Watson (Hairdresser),  Matthew Polonzani (An Italian singer), Patrick Stoffer (Leopold), Markus Brück (Herr von Faninal), Erin Morley (Sophie), Susan Neves (Marianne),Mark Schowalter (Faninal's major-domo), Frank Colardo (Doctor), Tony Stevenson (Innkeeper), Brian Frutiger, Bradley Garvin, Brian Kontes, Christopher Job (Waiters), and Scott Conner (Police Commissioner).  Sebastian Weigle conducts the The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Sets by Paul Steinberg; costumes by Brigitte Reiffenstuel; lighting by Robert Carson and Peter Van Praet; choreography by Philippe Giraudeau. Directed for TV by Gary Halvorson; Music Producer David Frost; Supervising Producers Mia Bongiovanni and Elena Park; Producers Louisa Briccetti and Victoria Warivonchik. Released 2017, disc has dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

This appears to be the last production in which Garanča will play Octavian and Fleming the Marschallin. Mike Ashman, writing in the March 2018 Gramophone (at pages 89-90) lauds both superstars as well as Groissböck and Morley. He approves Carsen's updating to the WW I era and concludes that this title "can be recommended in a crowded market." You can always count on the Met to tell the story well, so this is a title to try.

Here are two official Met clips on this production: