Classical Music

Live Opera tonight – Rosenkavalier from La Monnaie – SlippediscSlippedisc

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November 16, 2022

Available from today 16 November 2022 at earlier times than usual 1800 CET/ 1700 London/ 1200 New York

After opening the 2022-23 season in Brussels with Pikovaya Dama, La Monnaie / De Munt now streams Der Rosenkavalier live on Slippedisc courtesy of OperaVision. The mystery of time resonates throughout Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s highly spiritual and nostalgic libretto, for which Richard Strauss took a step back in time to eighteenth-century Vienna. Waltzing in neoclassical style, with sublime lyricism and a refined orchestral palette, the opera looks back to the past, faded beauty, lost loves. Director Damiano Michieletto sets this intimate study of the human psyche in a snow-white dreamworld embellished with a dash of humour and surrealism. Strauss’s wonderful score – one of the most refined in the entire repertoire – is set to blossom under the baton of Alain Altinoglu.

The Plot:  the Marschallin is relishing time with her young lover, when her cousin’s sudden arrival ignites a comic chain of events. With honour at risk, social status bartered and happiness illusive, the Marschallin accepts time cannot be stopped and she must set young love free.

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