Fleming’s Rosenkavalier

Strauss, R: Der Rosenkavalier

Richard Strauss’ opera “Der Rosenkavalier” is an unquestioned masterpiece.

On this DVD Renée Fleming performs in a wonderful version of Der Rosenkavalier with an all star cast. Sophie Koch, Diana Damrau, Franz Hawlata, Jonas Kaufmann perform with the Munchner Philharmoniker and Christian Thielemann conducting.

For this filming, we have a re-staging the celebrated Herbert Wernicke production, already seen in Salzburg (1995) and Paris (1998) – a stylish mix of vast mirrors, Viennese Baroque decorations, Hollywood staircases and early 20th century evening wear.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2010, wrote:

“[Fleming] speaks volumes with those expressive eyes and floats the trio’s opening phrase to perfection…Sophie Koch produces rich, impassioned sounds and makes a convincing boy…Kaufmann [is] handsome and oddly impressive as the Italian tenor”

And… The Guardian, on 11th December 2009 wrote the following:

“…we have Christian Thielemann’s immaculately bittersweet conducting and Renée Fleming’s Marschallin, sung and acted with superb conviction…Watch out, meanwhile, for Jonas Kaufmann’s brief, but sensational appearance as the Italian Tenor.”

Here is Renée Fleming in “Der Rosenkavalier” from this performance

And here’s a different performance with Renee Fleming, Frederica von Stade, and Kathleen Battle. What glorious music that is!

Tags: Renee Fleming, Der Rosenkavalier, Christian Thielemann

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