Love and lust. Culture and crudity. Disguise and deceit. Masters and servants. Opulence to die for. Raging hormones fuel the aristocratic intrigues in Richard Strauss’s indulgently Viennese celebration of the extravagant lifestyle of a bygone age. The orchestra is sumptuous. The sopranos soar with heart-stopping beauty. Operatic nostalgia doesn’t come any finer than this. Major Irish opera stars leading this cast include Celine Byrne as The Marschallin, mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy as Octavian, and soprano Claudia Boyle as Sophie.
Filling out this star-studded affair are German bass Andreas Bauer Kanabasas Baron Ochs, and baritone Mark Stone as Faninal. Der Rosenkavalier is directed by Bruno Ravella, with set and costume design by Gary McCann. Fergus Sheil conducts the Irish National Opera Orchestra and chorus. Der Rosenkavalier is a co-production with Garsington Opera and Santa Fe Opera In partnership with Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Sung in German with English surtitles.