Der Rosenkavalier: “I love it had imposed in the appropriate manner”
Salome controversy after last season, Royal Theater has premiered the most important opera Richard Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier. Strauss with libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal own, comically narrates the romantic entanglements of his main characters. It is also a work with a deep and romantic undertone on time and volatility of life.
It premiered, not without some controversy, Dresden, he 26 of January of 1911. The controversy came with the first scene, where they appear two of the protagonists, Octavian and the Marschallin, her young lover. This paper, of the Octavian, written for a female voice, which provides results in a scene full of ambiguity is not very well regarded at that time.
The arrival of Mortier had for this work as first consequence replacing the Stage Manager. Set design by Cristof Loy, hired by Antonio del Moral, It has been replaced by that of Herbert Wernicke, who died in 2002 and Mortier taste. In addition to the tribute, This scenery is old and unoriginal. It is based on a system of mirrors reflecting images, let say, little beauty, what, to be provided with movement manage to convey that "nothing is what it seems" and everything changes. Nor was the original nor beautiful staircase that descends by Octavian to deliver to Sophie rose.
Too much movement on stage tends to distract too much though stacking characters, figurines and chorus give the intended result comic. The curtain, brought from Salzburg, It was a beautiful romance full of detail that provides additional production theatricality.
Costumes, which it is the same as that used in the premiere of this production at the Salzburg Festival, He was successful. Highlight the elegance of the Marschallin as befits the character. Something strange were the characters with a current wardrobe. A small contradiction misplaced.
very well Anne Schwanewilms in the role of Marschallin. He had a sublime end of the first act and its elegance and stage presence gave great entity Marschallin Marie Thérèse.
American mezzo Joyce DiDonato He defended the role of Octavian brilliantly, on occasion he came to outshine an entire Marschallin. It did well on the stage despite his last physical difficulties (in April was operated by problems ligaments in his leg). Habitual the Royal Theater, It has achieved this year, among others, Echo Award for best performer of the year.
It is increasingly difficult to find a bass-baritone with sufficient quality guarantees, This time the Real has had this Rosenkavalier with the participation of German Fraz hAWLATI in the role of Ochs Baron. Although underpowered, He gave the character a comic balanced without exaggeration. Strauss gave great importance to character, while even claimed that the opera would bear his name. Not so his wife, Pauline de Ahna, who exerted great influence on the author and convinced it to the final title was "Der Rosenkavalier".
But without any doubt, the brilliance and magic of the night left the baton Jeffrey Tate. A teacher, that knowledgeable as any of the work of Strauss, extracted orchestra sublime moments, especially in the third act. With an envelope delicacy, he captured flawlessly great harmony between music, the different characters and the plot of this work.
Great connoisseur of the work, Jeffrey Tate highlights that for him the main character, la Mariscala, "A sad character wise and dignified", compared with Octavian losing weight throughout the work and the end result being "one young man who will go ahead and eventually forget the Marschallin".
All the complexity of this work is reflected and summarized in a final that gives us absolutely unforgettable sentences commensurate with music, the elegance of the Marschallin and the imaginary becomes real. Finally, the pretty curtain closes this extravaganza hand Mohamed.
Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
record: Hugo von Hofmannsthal
D. Musical: Jeffrey Tate / Jonas Alber
D. scene: Herbert Wernicke
Director of stage direction: Alejandro Stadler
Distribution: Anne Schwanewilms (Mariscala), Joyce DiDonato (Octavian),
Ofelia Sala (Sophie), Franz hAWLATI (Baron Ochs),
Laurent Naouri (Faninal) e Ingrid Kaiserfeld (Marianne), among others
Titular Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Theater