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    A timeless production of Strauss’s operatic masterpiece

    Moving through history in a sequence of striking sets, Richard Jones’s colourful production returns with an exciting new cast.

    The Marschallin adores her lover Octavian. But, at nearly 20 years his senior, she knows that their affair cannot last. So when Octavian meets the beautiful Sophie, she must find a way to let him go. Can she keep Sophie from the clutches of her boorish cousin, the libidinous Baron Ochs, and ensure that young love is triumphant?

    A musical fantasy

    One of opera’s great romantic comedies, Der Rosenkavalier is a musical fantasy that tempers sweetness with satirical wit, farce with philosophy, humour with pathos. Brimming with youthful energy and passion, carried along on the lilting rhythms of the waltz, the voluptuous score paints a gilded vision of a fairytale Vienna. Romance is woven through every bar of a lyrical masterpiece that celebrates a world on the brink of change. From the opening aria to the ecstatic closing trio, Strauss’s opera glitters as brightly as the silver rose at its heart.

    Richard Jones’s elegantly colourful production returns with an exciting new cast, conducted by Glyndebourne’s music director Robin Ticciati

    A revival of the Festival 2014 production. Sung in German with English supertitles.


    Enhance your experience

    Insider talk – Der Rosenkavalier: Costumes and props
    Thursday 24 May, 2.15pm – 3.00pm, £9

    Insider talks gives you a behind the-scenes glimpse in to the workings of Glyndebourne – find out more


    Der Rosenkavalier is supported by The Monument Trust and a Syndicate of Individuals

  • Cast and creative team

    Creative team

    Conductor Robin Ticciati
    Director Richard Jones
    Revival Director and Original Movement Director Sarah Fahie
    Set Designer Paul Steinberg
    Costume Designer Nicky Gillibrand
    Lighting Designer Mimi Jordan Sherin
    Revival Lighting Nigel Pashley

    London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Leader Pieter Schoeman

    The Glyndebourne Chorus
    Chorus Master Nicholas Jenkins

    Assistant Conductor Gareth Hancock
    Music Preparation Matthew Fletcher, Steven Maughan, Sergey Rybin
    Language Coaches Johanna Mayr
    Assistant Director Sinead O’Neill
    Movement Assistant Caitlin Fretwell Walsh
    Staff Director Emily Edmonds
    Supertitles Jonathan Burton (with kind permission of the Royal Opera House)

    Cast includes

    Octavian Kate Lindsey
    The Marschallin Rachel Willis-Sørensen (20 May – 2 June) / Michaela Kaune (8 June – 26 June)
    Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau Brindley Sherratt
    Notary Nicholas Folwell
    Valzacchi Alun Rhys-Jenkins
    Italian Tenor Sehoon Moon
    Annina Stephanie Lauricella
    Herr von Faninal Michael Kraus
    Marianne Leitmetzerin Gabriele Rossmanith
    Sophie, Faninal’s daughter Elizabeth Sutphen (20, 30 May; 2, 8, 22 June) / Louise Alder (24, 27 May; 12, 16, 19, 26 June)
    Innkeeper Alasdair Elliott
    Police Inspector Martin Snell
    Mohammed, servant to the Marschallin Adrian Richards
    Footmen to the Marschallin Niel Joubert‡, Harry Thatcher‡, Stephan Ulberini‡, Nicholas Mogg‡
    Major-Domo to the Marschallin David Shaw*
    Freud David Harrison
    Noble Widow Jacquelyn Parker‡
    Three Noble Orphans Jennifer Witton‡, Claire Barnett-Jones‡, Stephanie Wake-Edwards‡
    Milliner Nardus Williams*†
    Animal Seller Daniel Mullaney*
    Hairdresser Marian de Graef
    Hairdresser’s Assistant Osman Mos
    Leopold Joseph Badar
    Major-Domo to Faninal Daniel Auchincloss
    Waiters Niel Joubert‡, Stephan Ulberini‡, Harry Thatcher‡, Andrew Davies‡
    Waiter, Boots Nicholas Mogg*
    Maid Sally Lofthouse
    Couturier Suzy King
    Clerk/Conductor Richard Dyball
    Dancers Chloe Dowell, Caitlin Fretwell Walsh
    Baron Ochs’ children Felix Barry-Casademunt, Harry Daykin, William Lewis, Daniel Todd, Joshua Todd
    Cook’s apprentice Nicholas Challier

    * Soloist from The Glyndebourne Chorus
    ‡ Member of the Glyndebourne Chorus
    † Jerwood Young Artist 2018

  • Dates and times

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    Performance schedule Gardens Performance Transport
    Date Open Start Short interval *Long interval Finish Train departs Victoria Post opera coach
    Sunday 20 May   1.00 3.20 4.40 5.55 8.25 11.46 8.55
    Thursday 24 May   2.00 4.35 5.55 7.10 9.40 12.46 10.15
    Sunday 27 May   1.00 3.20 4.40 5.55 8.25 11.46 8.55
    Wednesday 30 May 2.00 4.35 5.55 7.10 9.40 12.46 10.15
    Saturday 2 June 2.00 4.35 5.55 7.10 9.40 12.46 10.15
    Friday 8 June 2.00 4.35 5.55 7.10 9.40 12.46 10.15
    Tuesday 12 June 2.00 4.35 5.55 7.10 9.40 12.46 10.15
    Saturday 16 June 2.00 4.35 5.55 7.10 9.40 12.46 10.15
    Tuesday 19 June 2.00 4.35 5.55 7.10 9.40 12.46 10.15
    Friday 22 June 2.00 4.35 5.55 7.10 9.40 12.46 10.15
    Tuesday 26 June 2.00 4.35 5.55 7.10 9.40 12.46 10.15
    Opening night
    Insider Talk
    Study event
    <30 Glyndebourne Under 30s performance
    Early Start
    Dining and ticket option available

    *Long dining interval
    Our long dining interval lasts for 90 minutes

  • Synopsis

    Act I

    The Marschallin and her young lover Octavian have spent the night together. The Marschallin’s servant Mohammed arrives with breakfast and Octavian hides. When loud voices are heard just outside the room, the Marschallin believes that her husband has returned unexpectedly and Octavian hides again. He reappears disguised as a chambermaid, ‘Mariandel’, just before the sudden arrival of Baron Ochs, the Marschallin’s cousin, who has come to discuss his engagement to young Sophie von Faninal, daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been recently elevated to the nobility. Ochs asks the Marschallin to recommend a young man to deliver the traditional silver engagement rose to Sophie. She suggests Octavian, showing Ochs his picture, and Ochs, noticing his resemblance to ‘Mariandel’, assumes she is Octavian’s illegitimate sister. Ochs propositions ‘Mariandel’, who evades him and flees as soon as possible. The Marschallin holds her morning levee. An Italian tenor sings to her while Ochs works on his marriage contract with the Marschallin’s notary. An Italian scandal-monger, Valzacchi, tries to sell the Marschallin the latest scandal sheets. Interrupting the tenor’s song, Ochs commands the notary to demand a dowry from Sophie’s family. Valzacchi and his niece Annina offer their services to Ochs. After her visitors leave, the Marschallin recalls her own early marriage and muses on her fleeting youth and the inconstancy of men. Octavian returns in his own clothing, and she tells him that one day he will leave her, which he resists. She sends Octavian away but then realises that she has forgotten to kiss him goodbye. She sends servants after him, but he is already gone. The Marschallin summons Mohammed to take the silver rose to Octavian to deliver to Sophie.

    Act II

    Faninal and his daughter Sophie await the arrival of the rose bearer. As her duenna Marianne reports on the approach of Octavian, Sophie worries over her impending marriage to a man she has never met, Octavian arrives and presents the silver rose to Sophie, and the two youngsters become infatuated. After a conversation chaperoned by Marianne, Sophie and Octavian are joined by Ochs and Faninal. Though they have never officially met, Ochs is overly familiar with Octavian and goes on to inspect Sophie like property. Ochs’s followers chase Faninal’s staff, causing an uproar. Octavian promises to help Sophie, and the two embrace. They are discovered by Valzacchi and Annina, who report it to Ochs, who is merely amused, considering Octavian no threat. Octavian challenges Ochs to a duel. In the fight, Ochs is slightly wounded but cries bloody murder. Sophie tells her father she will never marry Ochs. But Faninal insists, threatening to send Sophie to a convent, and ejects Octavian. Ochs, left alone, is cheering himself with a drink when Annina arrives bearing a letter for Ochs from ‘Mariandel’ requesting a rendezvous.

    Act III

    Valzacchi and Annina have transferred their allegiance to Octavian and help him prepare a trap for Baron Ochs at the site of his imminent meeting with ‘Mariandel’. Ochs arrives and attempts to seduce the chambermaid, but is unnerved by her resemblance to Octavian. The antics of Octavian’s accomplices make Ochs think he is hallucinating. Then Annina, in disguise, enters with a gaggle of children, claiming that Ochs is her husband and the children’s father. The police arrive and, to avoid a scandal, Ochs claims that ‘Mariandel’ is his fiancée Sophie. Octavian secretly lets the Police Inspector in on the plot. Faninal arrives, irate to be embroiled in such a scandal, and he sends for the real Sophie. When the Marschallin enters, the Police Inspector recognises her, having once served as her husband’s orderly. Octavian emerges, in his own clothes, and the Marschallin sends the police and all the others away. Ochs finally comprehends the truth about the Marschallin and Octavian/Mariandel. He tries to maintain his engagement to Sophie, but the Marschallin insists that he leaves Vienna gracefully. Ochs departs, pursued by creditors. The Marschallin, Sophie and Octavian are now alone. As Octavian is caught between the two women, the Marschallin understands that the day she predicted has come. She leaves to talk with Faninal. Sophie and Octavian enjoy a moment alone before leaving together. Mohammed runs in to retrieve a lost article of clothing.