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Saturday, April 15, 2023 | 12:00PM
A dream cast assembles for Ricard Strauss’s grand Viennese comedy.
Soprano Lise Davidsen is the aristocratic Marschallin, opposite mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as her lover, Octavian, and soprano Erin Morley as Sophie, the beautiful younger woman who steals his heart. Bass Günther Groissböck returns as the churlish Baron Ochs, and Markus Brück is Sophie’s wealthy father, Faninal. Maestro Simone Young takes the Met podium to oversee Robert Carsen’s fin-de-siècle staging.
Set in an idealized Vienna of the past, Strauss’s most popular opera concerns a wise woman of the world who is involved with a much younger lover but is ultimately forced to accept the laws of time, giving him up to a pretty young heiress. Strauss’s score is lush, rich, and romantic to an extraordinary degree – perhaps surprisingly so, considering that the composer had written the disturbingly edgy and modern Elektra only two years earlier.
Sung in German with English subtitles, this production runs four hours, 42 minutes with two intermissions.
Live at the Met is underwritten with support from Daniel S. Kaufman and Timothy W. Beaver.
$10.00 – $20.00