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Richard Strauss | Hugo von Hofmannsthal

Der Rosenkavalier

Wiener Staatsoper, 1994 | 210 min.


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  • Felicity Lott  |  Feldmarschallin
  • Kurt Moll  |  Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau
  • Anne Sofie von Otter  |  Octavian
  • Gottfried Hornik  |  Faninal
  • Barbara Bonney  |  Sophie
  • Olivera Miljakovic  |  Marianne Leitmetzerin
  • Heinz Zednik  |  Valzacchi
  • Anna Gonda  |  Annina
  • Peter Wimberger  |  Polizeikommissar
  • Waldemar Kmentt  |  Haushofmeister bei der Feldmarschallin
  • Franz Kasemann  |  Haushofmeister bei Faninal
  • Wolfgang Bankl  |  Notar
  • Peter Jelosits  |  Wirt
  • Keith Ikaia-Purdy  |  Sänger

Otto Schenk | Director

KSCH Otto Schenk was born in Vienna in 1930 and experienced a childhood strongly influenced by the horrors of the Nazi regime. 
After his education at the Max Reinhardt Seminar, he made his acting debut in Vienna. The first places of appearance in his career were the Theater an der Josefstadt and the Wiener Volkstheater. As of 1953 he also worked as theatre director and as of 1957, as opera director. Very soon his career led him to the world´s most important stages, for example the Wiener Burgtheater, the Münchner Kammerspiele, the New York Met, La Scala in Milan, the ROH Covent Garden, the Bayerische and Hamburgische Staatsoper or the Deutsche Oper Berlin. From 1965 to 1990 he was leading stage director at the Wiener Staatsoper, between 1986 and 1988 he was member of the Board of the Salzburger Festspiele, between 1988 and 1997 director of the Theater in der Josefstadt. Furthermore, he appeared in numerous television plays. He has staged about 30 different operas at the Wiener Staatsoper and furthermore performed as Frosch here.



Interview Otto Schenk on the "Rosenkavalier"

Heinz Zednik | Valzacchi

KS Heinz Zednik was born in Vienna, studied at the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien and was engaged at the Grazer Oper in 1964. At the Bayreuther Festspielen he sang Steuermann (Der fliegende Holländer), David (Meistersinger von Nürnberg) as well as Loge and Mime (Ring des Nibelungen). At the Salzburg Festival he performed as Valzacchi (Rosenkavalier), Pedrillo (Entführung aus dem Serail), Monsieur Taupe (Capriccio), Bardolfo (Falstaff), Monostatos (Zauberflöte) as well as in Un re in ascoltoand Die Schwarze Maske. Guest appearances have led him to the world´s most renowned stages, for example the Met and La Scala. He made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 1964 as Augustin Moser (Meistersinger von Nürnberg) and has since then sung roles such as Incroyable (Andrea Chenier), Schuiski and Gottesnarr (Boris Godunow), Andres/Cochenille/Pitichinaccio/Frantz (Contes d’Hoffmann), Jaquino (Fidelio), Herodes (Salome), Wenzel (Verkaufte Braut), Hauptmann (Wozzeck), Rabbi/Wilhelm II. (Riese vom Steinfeld), Boles (Peter Grimes), Loge, Mime, Traumfresserchen, Regisseur der Bühne (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny). He is Österreichischer Kammersanger as well as honorary member of the Wiener Staatsoper.

Wolfgang Bankl | Notar

KS WOLFGANG BANKL comes from Vienna, received training in Violin and studied singing, Lied and Oratorium as well as opera at the Conservatoire of Vienna. He received initial engagements at the Vienna Kammeroper, the Opera House Kiel and the Tiroler Landestheater. Guest performances led him, among others, to Zurich, Hamburg, Cologne, Barcelona, Salzburg, Strasbourg, the Milan Scala, to the Vienna Festwochen, Bregenz, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Rome and Paris. He recently gave his debut as Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau in Dresden under the direction of Christian Thielemann. Together with Norbert Pfafflmeyer, Harald Kollegger and Schmerzhel v. Solchgemut, he established the travelling Kleinfestival Giro d’Arte. Since 1993, he is an ensemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper and has since then sung here among others: Papageno, Alberich (Rheingold), Doktor (Wozzeck), Klingsor, Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Harašta (Schlaues Füchslein), Frank, Graf Waldner, Bartolo (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Hauptmann (Boris Godunow), Ochs, Geisterbote (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Tierbändiger/Athlet (Lulu), Ringender (Die Jakobsleiter), Zirkusdirektor (Der Riese vom Steinfeld), La Roche, Leporello, Dreieinigkeitsmoses (Mahagonny), Swallow (Peter Grimes). He has been awarded the title "Österreichischer Kammersänger".

Peter Jelosits | Wirt

KS Peter Jelosits was born in Vienna. He was a member of the Wiener Sängerknaben and studied vocal arts at the University of Music and at the Conservatory in Vienna. Between 1983 and 1985 he was member of the Opernstudio of the Wiener Staatsoper. In 1984 he debuted as 1. Priester (Die Zauberflöte). Since 1985 he has been member of the ensemble at the house on the Ring. He has performed at festivals such as the Carinthische Sommer, the Wiener Festwochen, at the Schubertiade Hohenems and the Salzburger Festspielen. At the Wiener Staatsoper he has for example appeared as Jaquino (Fidelio), Normanno (Lucia di Lammermoor), Rodrigo (Otello), Wirt (Rosenkavalier), Gaston (La traviata), Yamadori (Madama Butterfly), Arbace (Idomeneo), Missail (Boris Godunow), Scaramuccio (Ariadne auf Naxos), Hirt (Tristan und Isolde), Dr. Blind (Die Fledermaus), Heinrich (Tannhäuser), Narr (Wozzeck), Monsieur Taupe (Capriccio), Titelrolle Traumfresserchen, Sir Hervey (Anna Bolena), Rustighello (Lucrezia Borgia), Tschekalinski (Pique Dame), Don Curzio (Le nozze di Figaro).

Roles for the Wiener Staatsoper 2014/2015: Yamadori, 2. Jude, 4. Knappe, Harry (Fanciulla del west), Dr. Blind.

It is early one morning. The field marshal's wife, neglected by her husband, has spent a night of rapturous passion with her lover Octavian. Without any warning, her cousin bursts in: the lecherous Baron Ochs von Lerchenau. Ochs is due to marry Sophie Faninal, the daughter of a rich parvenu, and is looking for a suitable Rosenkavalier (or Knight of the Rose) to present a ceremonial rose to his future bride. However, he takes an immediate liking to the ‘chambermaid’ that he finds with the field marshal's wife, and makes certain unambiguous propositions to her. The field marshal's wife recommends Octavian as a suitable rose-bearer, showing Ochs a portrait of him in a locket; Ochs is greatly surprised at the striking ‘resemblance’ of the portrait to the ‘chambermaid’, but accepts the recommendation. 

When Octavian first meets Sophie in his role as Knight of the Rose, the two young people instantly fall in love. Ochs, who is only interested in the girl’s dowry, continues to act in a very coarse and leering manner, and Sophie no longer has any intention of marrying him. When Ochs tries to force her to sign the marriage contract, Octavian draws a sword, challenges him to a duel and inflicts a minor wound to his arm. The general chaos that follows prevents the marriage from being legally concluded. To undermine the proposed marriage once and for all, a trap is also set for Ochs. In a letter, the ‘chambermaid’ invites him to an assignation at an inn on the outskirts of town...

Ochs accepts the ‘chambermaid’s’ offer with enthusiasm and meets her at the inn as agreed. Just as he is about to lay hands on ‘her’, various figures force their way into the room, and a chaotic masquerade ensues. Finally, Faninal, Sophie, a police commissioner and the field marshal's wife also arrive. Ochs is forced to admit that he is no longer a suitable groom for Sophie. Octavian and Sophie remain sheepishly behind with the field marshal's wife. Once she is sure where Octavian’s affections now lie, she relinquishes him - in complete control of the scene - to the younger Sophie, and leaves the young couple to their fate.