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Richard Strauss's
'Der Rosenkavalier' -
reviewed by
ROBERT ANDERSON

'The Viennese chorus and orchestra know this opera inside out ...'

Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier. © 2006 TDK Marketing Europe GmbH

Directors seem the least opportunist inhabitants of our merry global society. Even in 2004, the date of this Salzburg production by Robert Carsen, the gates of Guantanamo Bay lay wide open for a production of Der Rosenkavalier. Admittedly it might have necessitated more cross-dressing than that envisaged by Hoffmannsthal and Strauss, but there was the golden opportunity for a presidential Ochs, and there is no reason why Cubans should not adopt the waltz as national dance. There would be innumerable Moslems to serve little Mohamed's morning chocolate, and Strauss's score is great enough to survive any interpretation. What do we get instead?

Angelika Kirchschlager as Octavian in Richard Strauss's 'Der Rosenkavalier'. DVD Screenshot © 2004 ORF
Angelika Kirchschlager as Octavian in Richard Strauss's 'Der Rosenkavalier'. DVD Screenshot © 2004 ORF

 

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