Zubin Mehta Conducts Der Rosenkavalier – Opera in Concert Form

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Date

26.7.2018

Thursday 19:00

Hall

The Lowy concert hall

Venue

International Convention Center (ICC) Jerusalem

Venue

International Convention Center (ICC) Jerusalem

Hall

The Lowy concert hall

Artists

Zubin Mehta, conductor 

Ann Petersen, soprano 

Lenneke Ruiten, soprano 

Silvana Dussmann, soprano 

Elisabeth Jansson, mezzo-soprano 

Janina Baechle, mezzo-soprano 

Karl Michael Ebner, tenor 

Dmitry Korchak, tenor 

Boaz Daniel, baritone 

Wilhelm Schwinghammer, bass 

Martin Snell, bass 

The Gary Bertini Israeli Choir 

Concert Program

R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier
(Opera in concert form)

Event Info

The playwright Hugo von Hofmannsthal had the idea to use a waltz in Der Rosenkavalier and asked Richard Strauss to think of an old, sentimental waltz to depict the last act of the opera. Strauss was a step ahead of the playwright—the music jumped from his mind to paper even before he received all the text—and had gone even further, using the waltz form as an ideological basis for the entire opera. The waltzes throughout the opera serve as leitmotifs for different characters and are played by different instruments depending on the situation. Notably, the plot takes place in the days of the Empress Maria Theresa, before the waltz form was born.

The opera opens with Marschallin finding relief for her boredom in the arms of a young lover, Octavian. (Her husband, the field marshal, is away for a military campaign.) The pair is joined without warning by Baron Ochs, a relative from an Austrian province. He arrives at the field marshal’s house in search of a messenger to present his fiancée with a silver rose as a sign of his love, as was customary at the time. Octavian, who must disguise his identity from this unwelcome guest, wears a dress, thus becoming the subject of admiration for Ochs. The story continues... on the IPO stage.

It should be mentioned that music critics attacked Strauss for being a 20th-century composer using the old-fashioned waltz in his opera. But the German Strauss knew he wanted to evoke a sentimental, Viennese spirit; the melancholy thoughts of the field marshal’s wife, in anticipation of her separation from her young lover, would surely be better represented with the rhythm of the waltz. And he was right.

Price Range

130 - 430 nis

Duration

approx 4 hours including intermissions

Duration

approx 4 hours including intermissions

Price range

130 - 430 nis

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