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“Der Rosenkavalier” live from the Bavarian State Opera: ARTE broadcasts the premiere of Barrie Kosky’s new production (PHOTO)

Strasbourg (ots) Barrie Kosky directs “Der Rosenkavalier” at the Bavarian State Opera. ARTE will broadcast the opera on Sunday, March 21, 2021, at 3:30 p.m. live on TV and online (available worldwide and subtitled in six languages) on ARTE Concert. For over 40 years Richard Strauss’ work was performed in the legendary production by Otto Schenk by great interpreters of our time and has made theater history at the renowned house. The Bavarian State Opera is now presenting a new production under the musical direction of the designated General Music Director Vladimir Jurowski. The conductor can rely on a first-class ensemble, such as the star soprano Marlis Petersen, who will make her debut in the role of Marschallin.

“Der Rosenkavalier” marks the climax of the collaboration between Richard Strauss and his librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Strauss was already enthusiastic about Hofmannsthal’s first drafts of scenes, and he sensed a great success. He was right, “Der Rosenkavalier” is one of Strauss’ most frequently performed operas today. In a fantasized world of the Rococo at the time of Empress Maria Theresa in Vienna in the 18th century, the play begins its “game within the game”. Field Marshal Princess Werdenberg sees the liaison with her young lover Octavian fading away. She sends him as Rosenkavalier on behalf of her cousin Baron Ochs in Lerchenau to courtship. The chosen is the rich new noble Sophie von Faninal. After meeting Sophie for the first time, Octavian knows that he is now courting the young bride on his own behalf. He is now cleverly beginning to prevent the planned connection between Sophie and the Baron von Ochs.

Strauss’ music contradicts Hofmannsthal’s intricate network of people in a congenial way. Quoting historical composition techniques, he perfects his own style. This creates a journey through time into human depths, which permanently relates the past to the passing and reflects on the inexorable time as “a strange thing”.

The opera season “ARTE Opera Season”

“Der Rosenkavalier” is part of the program of the European opera season “ARTE Opera Season” ( In partnership with 21 opera houses from 12 countries, ARTE presents outstanding productions, great classics and exciting new and rediscoveries from the most important opera stages on the continent. New productions every month, available in six languages. All productions of the third season of the “ARTE Opera Season” remain on after the live broadcast available in replay.

#We stay open

The live broadcast from the Bavarian State Opera is part of the #WirBleibenOffen campaign, which ARTE launched together with various cultural and media partners. ARTE not only wants to counteract the cultural doldrums, but also set an example for the preservation of cultural life as a substantial part of Europe’s identity. On the one hand through an expanded range of programs from the ARTE archive, on the other hand through new formats, recordings and live broadcasts on TV and online on ARTE Concert.

The Rosenkavalier
Live from the Bavarian State Opera
Opera, BR / ARTE, Germany 2021, 210 min.
Opera by Richard Strauss
Production: Barrie Kosky
Musical director: Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra: Bavarian State Orchestra
Choir: Choir of the Bavarian State Opera
Libretto: Hugo von Hoffmansthal With: Marlis Petersen (Die Feldmarschallin), Christof Fischesser (Der Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau), Samantha Hankey (Octavian), Johannes Martin Kränzle (Herr von Faninal), Katharina Konradi (Sophie),
Daniela Köhle (maiden Marianne Leitmetzerin) and others

Live on TV and available worldwide on ARTE Concert (subtitled in German, English, Spanish, Italian, Polish and French) on Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 3:30 p.m.

Replay: Following the live broadcast, the opera is available as video-on-demand for 30 days on ARTE Concert (

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