Renee Fleming (Marschallin) / Franz Hawlata (Baron Ochs) / Sophie Koch (Octavian) / Diana Damrau (Sophie) / Jonas Kaufmann (The Italian Tenor) / Franz Grundheber (Faninal) / Jane Henschel (Annina)
Munich Philharmonic Orchestra /
Conductor: Christian Thielemann
Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier
Renee Fleming finally appears on DVD in one of her greatest roles - the Marschallin, in Richard Strauss's magnificent period-comedy of ever-changing love, 'Der Rosenkavalier'. Her peerless performance is supported by "a galactic cast" (Thielemann), which includes Diana Damrau, Sophie Koch and Franz Hawlata.
Richard Strauss's period comedy, to a libretto by Hofmannsthal, relates the bitter-sweet progress of ever-changing love. The Marschallin - the elegant and worldly-wise heroine of the piece - finally but gracefully cedes the affections of her youthful lover, Octavian, to the charm of the next generation, in the guise of the innocent young Sophie.
For this filming, Baden-Baden Festival Opera is re-staging the celebrated Herbert Wernicke production, already seen in Salzburg (1995) and Paris (1998) - a stylish pastiche of vast mirrors, Viennese Baroque decorations, Hollywood-esque staircases and early 20th century evening wear.