Too fat to sing? Watch for yourselves.

The complete Glyndebourne Rosenkavalier with the radiant Tara Erraught can now be watched worldwide on Arte. No fee. Click here.

Warning: simulated full nudity in opening scene.

 

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  • Forget the [dis-]simulated full nudity – watch the fruit porn! Just look how Octavian – “the radiant Tara Erraught” – deals with a ripe fig!

  • As one of the initial critics, I heartily praise Ms.Erraught’s voice and acting talents in the role. Is she believable? To a large extent, yes she is, although I do find the interpretation generally too boyish – more 14 year old than 17, and there is quite a difference. She also has to work very hard to overcome the effect of the wig and the costumes. That this Octavian is a Count also stretches the imagination somewhat.

    The audience seemed to enjoy Richard Jones production. I did not. Apart from the major liberties taken with the text and the directions from the music, some of the ‘business’ is just stupid. To take one small example: for what reason does Baron Ochs make his much heralded entrance from the Marchallin’s bathroom? Purely convenience, as far as I can make out, because too many others have to enter from the regular entrance on stage right!

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