Half a million watch Der Rosenkavalier

Half a million watch Der Rosenkavalier


norman lebrecht

August 20, 2014

Jubilation at Austrian TV as the second channel ratings came in. Last Friday’s screening of the Salzburg Rosenkavalier on ORF2 was watched by 503,000 viewers.

At peak time, it had nine percent of the total viewing figures.

Could any other country match that?

Franz Welser-Most conducted, Brian Large produced for TV.




  • Petros Linardos says:

    503,000 viewers in Austria alone?

    • william osborne says:

      That’s about 6.2% of the population and fits with Austrian norms for watching classical music performances on TV.

  • GEll says:

    Probably the result of a net bot or net bots. It’s done all the time to prop up site visit counts. Notice the cast had not a single member of worldwide renown. Reviews were lukewarm at best.

    • sdReader says:

      You don’t know what you are talking about.

      ALL FOUR of the lead roles were taken by singers of worldwide renown: Stoyanova, Erdmann, Koch and Groissböck.

      Catch up. And hold your cynicism.

  • Laura says:

    I noticed two brave folk with “suche karte” signs at Bayreuth on Sunday, they stuck it out until at least the last interval which meant they’d been standing for at least 5 hours. If it wasn’t for The German speaking world opera really would be dying.

  • Gaetan Naulleau says:

    “At peak time, it had nine percent of the total viewing figures.
    Could any other country match that?”

    Dear Norman… I’m a little bit surprised by your comment. Have a look around ! See some years ago, or in other countries : 503,000 is a good score for classical music, nothing more. Think for instance that in France, the all stars (and all boring, I must confess) “Concert de Paris”, on the 14th of july, was seen by 2,200.000 viewers : 12,9 % of the total viewing figures. With a peak at 3.000.000 at the end of the programm).

    I know, I know. You’ll say that frenchies are arrogant. Which is not absolutely wrong.

    Yours truly,

    Gaetan Naulleau

  • Greg Sodd says:

    Death of classical music? Yeah, right.