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Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss

Renée Fleming finally appears on DVD in one of her greatest roles--the Marschallin, in Richard Strauss's magnificent comedy of ever-changing love, Der Rosenkavalier. Her peerless performance is supported by "a galactic cast" (conductor Christian Thielemann), which includes Diana Damrau, Sophie Koch, Franz Hawlata and Jonas Kaufmann as the Italian Tenor. 

Filmed in January 2009 at the Baden-Baden Festival, the production features a stylish pastiche of vast mirrors, Viennese Baroque decorations, Hollywood-esque staircases and early 20th century evening wear. Renée's eminent Strauss collaborator on her recent Four Last Songs album, Christian Thielemann, joins her once again, conducting the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. 

"...this performance with Christian Thielemann and the Münchner Philharmoniker is luscious, supremely confident, lived-in and well thought out...Fleming is in glorious voice, pouring out Strauss's long phrases with voluminous generosity and fearless commitment to the extremes of range." --Opera News on Four Last Songs

As always, here's a tasty morsel for your listening pleasure...

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  • Diane w.

    Excellent. So enjoyed the performances of all the main roles. Great scenery also. Timely topic for us older women,

    May 17, 2014

  • MARK

    I know Der Rosenkavalier has long been firmly in the repertoire but there's a bit too much Viennese, "Schlag," to my feeling. The Strauss of Electra and Salome is more to my taste. The upside is that I can never get enough of Fleming and Damrau.

    May 17, 2014

  • Barbel B.

    To those of you new to the Opera Meetup at the Chapel Hill Seymour Sr. Center - please be aware that most of our members follow us via email alerts from the Seymour Senior Center and their publications. Our average attendance at a performance is between 35 and 50, so never fear of a cancellation because of a low posted confirmation here on the Meetup site.

    January 10, 2014

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