The Royal Opera’s new production of ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ opens at The Royal Opera House on 17 December

New Production


The Royal Opera

Main Stage | 17 December 2016 – 24 January 2017

Opening on 17 December, 2016, the Royal Opera presents a new production of Richard Strauss’s DER ROSENKAVALIER directed by Robert Carsen and conducted by Andris Nelsons.

DER ROSENKAVALIER is a co-production with The Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Teatro Regio, Turin.


The Marschallin knows her love affair with the young nobleman Octavian will end as soon as he falls in love with a younger woman.

This comes to pass when Octavian meets the beautiful young Sophie von Faninal, and determines to save her from a loveless marriage to the ill-mannered Baron Ochs.

Octavian disguises himself as a maid and arranges a rendezvous with Ochs. He carefully orchestrates a scene so that Sophie’s father discovers Ochs’s philandering ways – leaving Sophie free to marry Octavian. The Marschallin helps Octavian in the final stages of his scheme, and gives her blessing to his marriage to Sophie.

The role of the Marschallin is shared between American sopranos Renée Fleming (17, 20 December; 8, 11, 14 January) and Rachel Willis-Sørensen (22 December; 17, 24 January). 

The role of Octavian is shared between English mezzo-soprano Alice Coote (17, 20 December; 8, 11, 14 January) and Anglo-French mezzo-soprano Anna Stéphany (22 December; 17, 24 January).

Singing the role of Sophie von Faninal is English soprano Sophie Bevan. British bass Matthew Rose sings the role of Baron Ochs for the first time with the Company. German baritone Jochen Schmeckenbecher sings Herr von Faninal.

Austrian tenor Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke sings Valzacchi and American mezzo-soprano Helene Schneiderman shares the role of Annina (17, 20 Dec; 17, 24 Jan) with English mezzo-soprano Angela Simkin (9, 11, 14 Jan). 

Australian soprano Miranda Keys sings Marianne and Noble Widow. Italian tenor Giorgio Berrugi sings Italian Singer. Australian tenor Samuel Sakker sings Major Domo to Marschallin. New Zealand tenor Thomas Atkins sings Faninal’s Major-Domo.

Scottish tenor Alasdair Elliott sings Innkeeper. American bass Scott Conner sings Police Commissioner. English bass Jeremy White sings Notary.

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