1,000 Rosenkavaliers in Vienna

Counting all available fingers and toes, the Vienna Opera reckons its coming performance of Richard Strauss’s masterpiece on March 21 will be the 1,000th in its history.

Adrianne Pieczonka will sing the Marschallin, Peter Rose is Ochs, Stephanie Houtzeel plays Octavian, Chen Reiss is Sophie and Markus Eiche Faninal. Adam Fischer conducts.

The opera’s Austrian premiere was given by the company on April 8, 1911 with Marie Gutheil-Schoder as Octavian and Richard Mayr as Baron Ochs. Ernst von Schuch conducted.

 

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    • Sorry – but if you visited the Vienna State Opera on New Year‘s Eve 1979 you saw the „Fledermaus“ and not the „Rosenkavalier“.

    • Helene, it may have been two days earlier — on 29 December 1979, instead of New Year’s Eve — when you saw Der Rosenkavalier at Wiener Staatsoper.

      Here is the starry line-up of singers for that evening: Gundula Janowitz as Die Feldmarschallin, Karl Ridderbusch as Der Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau, and Brigitte Fassbaender as Octavian. Staging by Otto Schenk.

  • One should savour this traditional production while it lasts. I am sure the next production will be a Regietheater version.

  • I saw it twice in Fall 1978. Does anyone else have a memory of the horn players setting their instruments on the edge of the stage?

    • Surely we agree that Christmas Day 1979 is Dec. 25, 1979, right? Why should New Year’s Eve be treated differently? New Year’s Eve is Dec. 31. If you say New Year’s Eve 1979 and mean anything other than Dec. 31, 1979, you’re the one at fault.

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