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Proms 2014 Prom 6: Strauss – Der Rosenkavalier

Prom 6: Strauss – Der Rosenkavalier
Prom 6: Strauss – Der Rosenkavalier
18:30 Tue 22 Jul 2014 Royal Albert Hall
The Glyndebourne Festival’s annual visit to the Proms continues our Strauss 150th-anniversary celebrations with a semi-staging of his sparkling comic opera Der Rosenkavalier. Conductor Robin Ticciati conjures this gilded fantasy of fin-de-siècle Vienna with the help of an international cast, led by British soprano Kate Royal in her role debut as the Marschallin.
The Glyndebourne Festival’s annual visit to the Proms continues our Strauss 150th-anniversary celebrations with a semi-staging of his sparkling comic opera Der Rosenkavalier. Conductor Robin Ticciati conjures this gilded fantasy of fin-de-siècle Vienna with the help of an international cast, led by British soprano Kate Royal in her role debut as the Marschallin.

Programme

Performers

  • Kate Royal
    soprano (Marschallin)
    soprano (Marschallin)
  • Tara Erraught
    mezzo-soprano (Octavian )
    mezzo-soprano (Octavian )
  • Franz Hawlata
    bass (Baron Ochs)
    bass (Baron Ochs)
  • Louise Alder
    soprano (Sophie), Proms debut artist
    soprano (Sophie), Proms debut artist
  • Michael Kraus
    baritone (Herr von Faninal), Proms debut artist
    baritone (Herr von Faninal), Proms debut artist
  • Miranda Keys
    soprano (Marianne)
    soprano (Marianne)
  • Christopher Gillett
    tenor (Valzacchi)
    tenor (Valzacchi)
  • Helene Schneiderman
    mezzo-soprano (Annina), Proms debut artist
    mezzo-soprano (Annina), Proms debut artist
  • Gwynne Howell
    bass (Notary)
    bass (Notary)
  • Andrej Dunaev
    tenor (Italian Singer), Proms debut artist
    tenor (Italian Singer), Proms debut artist
  • Robert Wörle
    tenor (Innkeeper), Proms debut artist
    tenor (Innkeeper), Proms debut artist
  • Scott Conner
    bass (Police Inspector), Proms debut artist
    bass (Police Inspector), Proms debut artist
  • conductor
  • Sarah Fahie
    stage director
    stage director
  • Daniel Francis-Swaby
    singer (Mohammed, servant to the Marschallin)
    singer (Mohammed, servant to the Marschallin)
  • Trevor Eliot Bowes
    singer (Footman to the Marschallin / Boots)
    singer (Footman to the Marschallin / Boots)
  • Niel Joubert
    singer (Footman to the Marschallin / Waiter)
    singer (Footman to the Marschallin / Waiter)
  • Nicholas Morris
    singer (Footman to the Marschallin / Waiter)
    singer (Footman to the Marschallin / Waiter)
  • David Shaw
    singer (Footman to the Marschallin / Waiter)
    singer (Footman to the Marschallin / Waiter)
  • Paul Hopwood
    singer (Major-Domo to the Marschallin)
    singer (Major-Domo to the Marschallin)
  • Jacquelyn Parker
    singer (Noble Widow)
    singer (Noble Widow)
  • Louise Kemeny
    singer (Noble Orphan)
    singer (Noble Orphan)
  • Bethan Langford
    singer (Noble Orphan)
    singer (Noble Orphan)
  • Lucie Spickova
    singer (Noble Orphan)
    singer (Noble Orphan)
  • Magdalena Molendowska
    singer (Milliner)
    singer (Milliner)
  • Joshua Owen Mills
    singer (Animal Seller)
    singer (Animal Seller)
  • Marian De Graef
    singer (Hairdresser)
    singer (Hairdresser)
  • Osman Mos
    singer (Hairdresser's Assistant)
    singer (Hairdresser's Assistant)
  • Joseph Bader
    singer (Leopold)
    singer (Leopold)
  • Alun Rhys-Jenkins
    singer (Major-Domo to Faninal)
    singer (Major-Domo to Faninal)
  • Andrew Davies
    singer (Waiter)
    singer (Waiter)
  • Danielle Meehan
    singer (Maid)
    singer (Maid)
  • Suzy King
    singer (Couturier)
    singer (Couturier)
  • Richard Dyball
    singer (Clerk/Conductor)
    singer (Clerk/Conductor)
  • Chloe Dowell
    dancer
    dancer
  • Caitlin Fretwell Walsh
    dancer
    dancer
  • Graham Bass
    singer (Baron Ochs's Child)
    singer (Baron Ochs's Child)
  • Gabriel Crozier
    singer (Baron Ochs's Child)
    singer (Baron Ochs's Child)
  • Charles Davies
    singer (Baron Ochs's Child)
    singer (Baron Ochs's Child)
  • Harry Lees
    singer (Baron Ochs's Child)
    singer (Baron Ochs's Child)
  • William Stone
    singer (Baron Ochs's Child)
    singer (Baron Ochs's Child)
  • Ben Withnell
    singer (Baron Ochs's Child)
    singer (Baron Ochs's Child)

Composers

About this event

Glyndebourne marks its own 80th anniversary and Strauss’s 150th with the composer’s richly melodic Der Rosenkavalier – the first of a trilogy of Strauss operas at this year’s Proms. Vienna has rarely
sounded more beguiling, more gilded with nostalgia, than in this tragicomedy that combines romance with riotous farce.

Glyndebourne’s new Music Director Robin Ticciati conducts an international cast, led by British soprano Kate Royal.

There will be two intervals of 20 minutes

Please note that two of the advertised singers, Lars Woldt and Teodora Gheroghiu, have had to withdraw from this Prom. The BBC Proms is grateful to Franz Hawlata and Louise Alder, who will sing the roles of Baron Ochs and Sophie respectively, for taking their places at short notice. 

Synopsis
Act I

The Marschallin and her young lover Octavian have spent the night together. The Marschallin’s servant Mohammed arrives with breakfast and Octavian hides. When loud voices are heard just outside the room, the Marschallin believes that her husband has returned unexpectedly and Octavian hides again. He reappears disguised as a chambermaid, ‘Mariandel’, just before the sudden arrival of Baron Ochs, the Marschallin’s cousin, who has come to discuss his engagement to young Sophie von Faninal, daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been recently elevated to the nobility. Ochs asks the Marschallin to recommend a young man to deliver the traditional silver engagement rose to Sophie. She suggests Octavian, showing Ochs his picture, and Ochs, noticing his resemblance to ‘Mariandel’, assumes she is Octavian’s illegitimate sister. Ochs propositions ‘Mariandel’, who evades him and flees as soon as possible.The Marschallin holds her morning levee. An Italian tenor sings to her while Ochs works on his marriage contract with the Marschallin’s notary. An Italian scandal-monger, Valzacchi, tries to sell the Marschallin the latest scandal sheets. Interrupting the tenor’s song, Ochs commands the notary to demand a dowry from Sophie’s family. Valzacchi and his niece Annina offer their services to Ochs. After her visitors leave, the Marschallin recalls her own early marriage and muses on her fleeting youth and the inconstancy of men. Octavian returns in his own clothing, and she tells him that one day he will leave her, which he resists. She sends Octavian away but then realises that she has forgotten to kiss him goodbye. She sends servants after him, but he is already gone. The Marschallin summons Mohammed to take the silver rose to Octavian to deliver to Sophie.

Act II

Faninal and his daughter Sophie await the arrival of the rose bearer. As her duenna Marianne reports on the approach of Octavian, Sophie worries over her impending marriage to a man she has never met, Octavian arrives and presents the silver rose to Sophie, and the two youngsters become infatuated.After a conversation chaperoned by Marianne, Sophie and Octavian are joined by Ochs and Faninal. Though they have never officially met, Ochs is overly familiar with Octavian and goes on to inspect Sophie like property. Ochs’s followers chase Faninal’s staff, causing an uproar. Octavian promises to help Sophie, and the two embrace. They are discovered by Valzacchi and Annina, who report it to Ochs, who is merely amused, considering Octavian no threat. Octavian challenges Ochs to a duel. In the fight, Ochs is slightly wounded but cries bloody murder. Sophie tells her father she will never marry Ochs. But Faninal insists, threatening to send Sophie to a convent, and ejects Octavian. Ochs, left alone, is cheering himself with a drink when Annina arrives bearing a letter for Ochs from ‘Mariandel’ requesting a rendezvous.

Act III

Valzacchi and Annina have transferred their allegiance to Octavian and help him prepare a trap for Baron Ochs at the site of his imminent meeting with ‘Mariandel’. Ochs arrives and attempts to seduce the chambermaid, but is unnerved by her resemblance to Octavian. The antics of Octavian’s accomplices make Ochs think he is hallucinating. Then Annina, in disguise, enters with a gaggle of children, claiming that Ochs is her husband and the children’s’ father. The police arrive and, to avoid a scandal, Ochs claims that ‘Mariandel’ is his fiancée Sophie. Octavian secretly lets the Police Inspector in on the plot. Faninal arrives, irate to be embroiled in such a scandal, and he sends for the real Sophie. When the Marschallin enters, the Police Inspector recognises her, having once served as her husband’s orderly. Octavian emerges, in his own clothes, and the Marschallin sends the police and all the others away. Ochs finally comprehends the truth about the Marschallin and Octavian/Mariandel. He tries to maintain his engagement to Sophie, but the Marschallin insists that he leave Vienna gracefully. Ochs departs, pursued by creditors. The Marschallin, Sophie and Octavian are now alone. As Octavian is caught between the two women, the Marschallin understands that the day she predicted has come. She leaves to talk with Faninal. Sophie and Octavian enjoy a moment alone before leaving together. Mohammed runs in to retrieve a lost article of clothing.

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