Matinee broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera continue on Classical 90.5 at 11:00 a.m. this Saturday, February 22nd, with a performance of Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss. The music is set to an original German libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Harry von Kessler, who had the original idea and co-authored the scenario. The story was loosely adapted from the novel Les amours du chevalier de Faublas by Louvet de Couvrai and Molière’s comedy Monsieur de Pourceaugnac. The performance will run approximately four hours and thirty minutes.
Strauss’s incomparable talent for lyrical music epitomizes fin-de-siècle richness in this satirical yet truly bittersweet tale of fading youth and budding love. The Marschallin tries to deny the passage of time by embarking on an affair with a young nobleman, Octavian. Their night-long tryst is interrupted by the Marschallin’s boorish cousin, Baron Ochs, who announces his intention to wed the beautiful innocent, Sophie. The Marschallin proposes that Octavian deliver the customary silver rose to Sophie, announcing the proposal. The trouble is, the two young people fall in love, which means Ochs must be thwarted. In a rapturous final trio, the Marschallin realizes that the real act of love is to give up Octavian.
Alice Coote sings her first Met Octavian, joining a superb ensemble that also includes Martina Serafin as the Marschallin. This season's performance celebrate the100th anniversary of the U.S. premiere of Strauss's comic masterpiece. Edward Gardner conducts.