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  • Montserrat Caballé (1933 - 2018)
    Caballé was a Spanish operatic soprano. She has sung a wide variety of roles, but Caballé is best known as an exponent of the works of Verdi and of the bel canto repertoire, notably the works of Rossin...
  • Alfred Hertz (1872 - 1942)
    Conductor. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, he was an orchestra conductor known as one of the world's leading interpreters of Wagnerian music. In the early 1900s, he was conducting the orchestra for Enrico ...
  • Leonie Rysanek (1926 - 1998)
  • Elisabeth Söderström (1927 - 2009)
    Elisabeth Söderström, folkbokförd som Anna Elisabeth Olow, var en svensk operasångerska (sopran) som blev hovsångerska 1959 och fick professors namn 1996.* Elisabeth Söderström was a Swedish soprano wh...



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Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier

  • Comic opera in three acts, in German
  • Music by Richard Georg Strauss
  • Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
  • Based loosely on the novel 'Les amours du chevalier de Faublas' by Louvet de Couvrai and Molière's comedy 'Monsieur de Pourceaugnac'
  • Title of the opera: Until the premiere, the working titles were 'Komödie für Musik' and 'Ochs auf Lerchenau'
  • Time: 1740s, in the first years of the reign of Empress Maria Theresa
  • Place: Vienna, Austria. Act 1 takes place in the Marschallin's bedroom, Act 2 in the von Faninals' palace, and Act 3 in a private room in a shabby inn.
  • First Premieres in different countries
    • Germany: World Premiere at Das Königliches Opernhaus, Dresden on 26 January 1911. The Premiere in Documents
    • United Kingdom: 29 January 1913 (ROH Covent Garden, London)
    • United States: 9 December 1913 (Metropolitan Opera, New York)
    • Argentina: July 1915 (Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires)
    • Sweden: 20 April 1920 (Royal Swedish Opera, Stockholm)
    • Spain: 2 April 1921 (Gran Teatro del Liceo, Barcelona)
    • Finland: 12 October 1923 (Finnish National Opera, Helsinki)

. kneeling in the presence of the Marschallin. Act I, the Marschallin's bedroom. Salzburg Festival, 1962.

. and Octavian. Act III, a private room in a shabby inn. Salzburg Festival, 1962.