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Der Rosenkavalier at the Royal Opera House – 17th December 2016 to 24th January 2017



Andris Nelsons conducts two world class  casts including Renée Fleming, Alice Coote and Rachel Willis-Sørensen in Robert Carsen’s new production of Richard Strauss’s charming operatic comedy.

Der Rosenkavalier was Richard Strauss’s first original collaboration with the playwright Hugo von Hofmannsthal, it marked the start of one of opera’s most important artistic partnerships: The opera’s Dresden premiere in 1911 was considered a triumph and Der Rosenkavalier has since become a important part of the international repertory.

Strauss and Hofmannsthal developed the story the character of the Marschallin which developed into one of the great soprano roles in the repertory. Robert Carsen directs this new production for The Royal Opera. He sets the opera contemporary with its creators, in Vienna just before the outbreak of World War I – a time of instability and transition, as the world of the old Empire is challenged and begins to crumble.

The story centres on Marschallin who has a young lover, Octavian  but she knows that their love will end. Together with Octavian, she plots to save the beautiful young Sophie von Faninal from a loveless marriage to the boorish Baron Ochs.

Running time

The performance lasts about 4 hours 30 minutes, including two intervals.


Sung in German with English surtitles.

If you would like more information or book tickets , visit the Royal Opera House website here

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