Preview on stage
Tainted to the core and doubting every good
Will I no more be, For upon me a light
Of the true sense of life has shone.
Infos & Cast
Infos & Cast
Komödie fur Musik by Richard Strauss
Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
First performed on 26 January 1911 in Dresden
Last performed at the Grand Théâtre de Genève in 2011-2012
New production, based on a production first performed at Opera Ballet Vlaanderen in 2013
13, 15, 19, 21, 23, 26 December 2023 — 7PM
17 December 2023 — 3PM
Sung in German with French and English surtitles
Duration: approx. 4h10 with two intermissions
1st part 1h10
Intermission 30 min
2nd part 1h
Intermission 30 min
3rd part 1h
Musical Director Jonathan Nott
Stage Director Christoph Waltz
Set Designer Annette Murschetz
Costumes Designer Carla Teti
Lighting Designer Franck Evin
Choir Director Alan Woodbridge
The Feldmarschallin, princess Werdenberg Maria Bengtsson
Octavian Michèle Losier
Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau Matthew Rose1 / Wilhelm Schwinghammer2
Herr von Faninal Bo Skovhus
Sophie von Faninal Mélissa Petit
Valzacchi, an intriguer Thomas Blondelle
Annina Ezgi Kutlu
Marianne Leitmetzerin, her duenna Giulia Bolcato
An Italian Singer Omar Mancini
A Police Inspector Stanislas Vorobyov
The Marschallin’s Major-Domo Louis Zaitoun
Faninal’s Major-Domo Marin Yonchev
A Notary William Meinert
An Innkeeper Denzil Delaere
Grand Théâtre de Genève Chorus
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
1December 13, 15, 19, 21 & 23
2December 17 & 26
The costumes for this production have been produced in generous collaboration with the prestigious fine fabric houses Rubelli and Luigi Bevilacqua in Venice.
The Viennese actor and international film star Christoph Waltz, well known for his roles in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained, made his first foray into the operatic world with this production of Der Rosenkavalier in 2013 for the Flanders Opera. The powdered wigs and Viennese rococo atmosphere of this comedy, which Stefan Zweig said belonged to “yesterday’s world”, are strong identifiers of the Knight with the Rose. The collaboration between the poet and dramatist Hugo von Hofmannsthal and a Richard Strauss recovering from the sonic and scenic tantrums of Elektra and Salome resulted in a libretto of such high quality that it places the piece one of the few operas that could be performed without music and be equally moving. The opera has four main characters: the aristocratic Marschallin; her very young lover, Count Octavian Rofrano; her oafish cousin, Baron Ochs; and Ochs’ future fiancée, Sophie von Faninal, the daughter of a wealthy bourgeois. At the Marschallin’s suggestion, Octavian brings Sophie a silver rose as a token of Ochs’ proposal of marriage. The two youngsters fall in love at first sight and quickly devise a comic plot to free Sophie from her engagement. They succeed with the help of the Marschallin, who gives up her lover to the young woman. Although it is a Komödie für Musik, the work deals with very serious themes, especially through the prism of the Marschallin, such infidelity, aging, sexual predation, and altruism in love (or its opposite, love for money).
The infinite care that Strauss and Hofmannsthal took with their work is reflected in a profusion of stage directions, which often translate in extremely pompous productions swimming in an overdecorated rococo bath. Christoph Waltz, on the other hand, filters the psychological precision of the work through his refined reading. As one would expect, he pays particular attention to the direction of the actors. By refraining from presenting the opera “exactly as it was done in the time of Strauss and Hofmannsthal”, Christoph Waltz puts his finger on the very serious contemporary resonance of the comic devices of yesteryear: Baron Ochs caught in flagrante at an inn on the outskirts of Vienna points to a certain scandal in a New York Sofitel in 2011 and to a cascade of hashtags that keep on challenging masculine power trips.
Under the baton of Jonathan Nott, the cast brings together the finest Straussian voices of the moment, with the radiant Swedish soprano María Bengtsson reprising the role of the Marschallin that she sang in Antwerp, Canadian mezzo Michèle Losier as Octavian, and the English lyric bass Matthew Rose, of the a predestined name, will play the truculent Baron Ochs, and as a special treat, an appearance by the great Bø Skovhus as Monsieur de Faninal.
Rosenkavalier at La Plage
Check out all the various events connected with the production.
45 minutes before the performance
45 minutes before the bells call you into the house, it’s time to refresh your memory and go back to the beginnings of the opera: we offer a brief introduction to remind you what the work is all about and what kind of magical, apocalyptic, critical or hyper-realistic worlds the people behind the production have in store for you. Lickety-split, there’s just enough time to grab some bubbly before you take your seats under the star-studded ceiling of a thousand and one operas!
45 minutes before each performance
Free admittance with performance tickets
Foyer of the GTG
Saturday, December 2 at 6PM
Cinéopéra, as both a tribute to and a discovery of the silver screen, where four opera and ballet greats who will be on stage with us this season choose their favorite film to view and discuss.
For the second event of the season, Cinémas du Grütli present Sweet Smell of Success (1957) by Alexander Mackendrick, a film selected by Christoph Waltz, Stage director of Der Rosenkavalier.
Saturday, December 2 at 6PM
At the Cinémas du Grütli
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Thursday, December 7 at 6:30PM
About Der Rosenkavalier
An invitation to the Waltz
Born at the very end of the 18th century in Vienna, the waltz has continued to spread its heady ternary rhythm from ballrooms to opera houses, from the salons of yesteryear to the silver screen.
Echoing Der Rosenkavalier, in which Richard Strauss mischievously slips an anachronistic waltz into the Baron’s score, the Apéropéra on 7 December will be offering an ‘Invitation to the Waltz’.
Come and discover Verdi, Schubert, Chopin, Gounos and many others, in the company of our pianist and conductor Jean-Paul Pruna and the artists of the Jeune Ensemble du Grand Théâtre de Genève.
Thursday, December 7 at 6:30PM 18h30
Entrance fee CHF 25.-
First drink included (except cocktails and champagne)
At the Grand Théâtre de Genève
Saturday, December 9 at 11AM
Singing and orchestra introduction workshop
The Grand Théâtre and the Orchestre de Suisse Romande are pleased to join in a unique public workshop on Der Rosenkavalier.
Immerse yourself in the world of Richard Strauss with mezzo-soprano Alina Delgadillo, musicologist Marie Favre and 5 musicians from the OSR.
Through a number of excerpts, discover the specific features of this great composer’s writing, the lyric voice and the orchestral parts of Der Rosenkavalier. At the end of the workshop, it’s up to you to play, and you can even try your hand at some of the orchestra’s instruments and operatic singing!
Inès Ladewig, violin
Caroline Siméand Morel, cello
Katrin Herda, bassoon
Nuno Osório, double bass
Julie Fortier, piano
Arrangements: Alexandre Manoukian
Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 11AM
From 12 years and over, accompanied by an adult
CHF 15 / CHF 10 for young people
At the Grand Théâtre de Genève
Places are limited!
In partnership with OSR
Tuesday, December 12 at 5PM
DER ROSENKAVALIER – Vienne revisitée
Une conférence-concert de Christian Merlin
À sa création en 1911, Le Chevalier à la rose est apparu comme un recul dans la production de Strauss, une sorte de retour au classicisme après la modernité radicale de Salomé et Elektra.
Mais les apparences ne sont-elles pas trompeuses ? Cette Vienne du XVIIIe siècle que nous raconte Le Chevalier à la rose n’est-elle pas un trompe-l’œil pour évoquer les questionnements de la Vienne des années 1900, entre ironie et nostalgie ?
En collaboration avec l’Association genevoise des amis de l’opéra et du ballet. Une mise en bouche qui vous révélera tous les secrets de l’œuvre.
Mardi 12 décembre 2023
Au Théâtre de l’Espérance
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Prix d’entrée :
Gratuit pour les membres de l’association, les Ami-e-s du Grand Théâtre et les jeunes de moins de 30 ans
Non membre : CHF 15.-
AVS et chômage : CHF 10.-
Attention: la conférence à été avancée à 17h
Sunday, December 17
Haven’t you ever wondered what it’s like on the other side, when the curtain falls on a performance? How does all the technical machinery work? What do the stagehands have to do to get things back into working order? Or maybe just bump into one of the stars of the show?
So let us raise the curtain on all this for you. With every production, we give our patrons an opportunity to come backstage with us, raise their eyes to the flies and take a good look at what’s behind the sets. It may be dark in the wings but there’s a whole lot going on there! And because it’s a really busy place, we can’t really do this more than once per performance run. You will need to book your visit beforehand, so don’t delay!
A member of the theatre staff who can answer all your questions and show you some of the very impressive features of our opera house takes you backstage for free.
After the December 17 performance, a member of the theatre staff who can answer all your questions and show you some of the very impressive features of our opera house takes you backstage for free.
The “En coulisse” tour lasts about 20 minutes, starts 15 minutes after the performance, is free of charge on prior reservation with our box office service by email [email protected].
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Der Rosenkavalier © GTG / Magali Dougados