Der Rosenkavalier

By Richard Strauss

  • Language - In German with projected English titles
  • Running Time - 4 hours 5 minutes with 2 intermissions

It's exactly what you want a Strauss opera to be — deliciously extravagant!

Can the elegantly alluring Marschallin find lasting happiness with her lover Octavian, who's half her age? Does the hot-blooded Baron really think his exalted position guarantees that young Sophie will be his wife? All bets are off when Sophie receives an engagement rose from the Baron — delivered by the devastatingly handsome Octavian. Love, sex, fidelity, and aging are delicately explored in a masterwork that artfully blends laugh-out-loud humor with insightful poignancy.

Der Rosenkavalier is a grand event with more than 100 musicians, famous waltzes, and ravishing performances in store from Alice Coote, Sophie Koch, and Amanda Majeski — glorious singing actresses who have each triumphed at Lyric and internationally. And treat yourself to two eagerly awaited Lyric debuts: celebrated British bass Matthew Rose and silver-voiced German soprano Christina Landshamer.

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This production of Der Rosenkavalier was presented at Lyric February 8 – March 13, 2016. View our calendar to see what's currently on stage.

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Der Rosenkavalier

by Richard Strauss

Warner Classics – Schwarzkopf, Ludwig, cond. Karajan

“Herr Kavalier”
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“Hab mir’s gelobt”
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Der Rosenkavalier

by Richard Strauss

Commentary by Roger Pines, Dramaturg
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Der Rosenkavalier Synopsis

TIME: 1740s 
PLACE: Vienna

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Meet The Artists

Sophie Koch

Octavian (Feb 8-20)

Alice Coote

Octavian (Mar 4-13)

Amanda Majeski


Christina Landshamer


Matthew Rose

Baron Ochs

Martin Gantner


René Barbera

A Singer

Megan Marino


Rodell Rosel


Philip Kraus


Diana Newman


Alec Carlson

Animal Tamer

Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi

Noble Orphan

Lindsay Metzger

Noble Orphan

Annie Rosen

Noble Orphan

Mingjie Lei

Marschallin’s Major Domo

Laura Wilde

Marianne Leitmetzerin

Matthew DiBattista

Faninal’s Major Dom

Jonathan Johnson


Patrick Guetti

Police Commissioner

Jesse Donner


Anthony Clark Evans


Richard Ollarsaba


Bradley Smoak


Edward Gardner


Martina Weber


Thierry Bosquet


Duane Schuler

Lighting Designer

Michael Black

Chorus Master

Lyric Opera production generously made possible by an Anonymous Donor and Mr. & Mrs. Dietrich M. Gross.