|Anne Sofie von Otter||Actor|
|Horant H. Hohlfeld||Director|
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Felicity Lott, Anne-Sofie Von Otter, and Kurt Moll star in this production of Richard Strauss' opera, staged in Vienna in 1994. A romantic comedy of errors. Princess von Werdenberg must hide her affair with Octavian from her family; when he disguises himself as a chambermaid to avoid scandalizing the Princess, he is pressed into presenting a gift to Baron Ochs von Lerchenau, who has arrived to propose marriage to Sophie von Faninal. However, Ochs soon finds himself infatuated with the chambermaid, much to Octavian's chagrin, which proves to be only the first of a long series of romantic misunderstandings. This production of Der Rosenkavalier is performed by the Vienna State Orchestra and Chorus, under the direction of Carlos Kleiber.
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What fun - a wonderfully pleasant evening with a glass of chablis and a light supper at home. Van Otter, Lott and Boney are in fine voice and the staging is just right. Pretty good acting, too. If your cheeks are not damp during the third act trio and the Sophie-Octavian duet, you've missed it. Ken Hoover, Quail Ridge Books and Music, Raleigh, NC