Der Rosenkavalier

  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns


Der Rosenkavalier

Richard Strauss (1864 - 1949)

From 15/12/2013 in Antwerp - from 09/01/2014 in Ghent

  • Dmitri Jurowski
  • Philipp Pointner
  • Christoph Waltz
  • Maria Bengtsson
  • Albert Pesendorfer
  • Stella Doufexis
  • Musical direction: Dmitri Jurowski / Philipp Pointner
  • Director: Christoph Waltz
  • Die Feldmarschallin: Maria Bengtsson
  • Baron Ochs: Albert Pesendorfer / Jürgen Linn / Kurt Rydl
  • Octavian: Stella Doufexis
  • Sophie: Christiane Karg

In 18th-century Vienna, the Marschallin, a mature but attractive princess, arranges a marriage between her skirt-chasing nephew Baron Ochs and the beautiful Sophie. The Marschallin’s young lover Octavian sets out as the 'Rosenkavalier': he informs Sophie of the proposal by handing her a silver rose, but falls in love with her himself. While the amorous adventures play out, the melancholy Marschallin tries to come to terms with growing older. A powerful story, packed with romantic intrigue and always hovering between laughter and tears: the perfect mix for a true crowd-pleaser. The sensual late romantic music, with the waltz in a leading role, does the rest.

As far as the directing is concerned, it’s a significant first: two-time Oscar-winning actor Christoph Waltz will be making his opera debut in Antwerp and Ghent, before moving on to Luxemburg and London. He will be familiar to film lovers from his leading roles in films such as Inglorious Basterds and Django unchained (Tarantino), and Carnage (Polanski). In this production, Waltz will be seeking out the border between private and public, with the baroque grandeur of old Vienna as his backdrop.

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Length: 4 h and 10 min, incl. 2 breaks

Language: German. Surtitles: Dutch.

Tickets from € 14.00 to € 160.00


Waltz is chiefly known as an actor, but has built up experience as a director in his home country. Born in Vienna into a theatrical family, he is certain to deliver a nuanced take on this popular work. Three delightful soprano parts among the leading roles betray Strauss’s preference for the female singing voice. With the Swede Maria Bengtsson and the German-Greek Stella Doufexis, Flanders Opera has secured a truly star-studded cast. The young German soprano Christiane Karg had the honour of being crowned by industry magazine Opernwelt as the ‘Up-and-coming vocal talent of 2009’.



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Introductory talk

45 minutes before the start of each opera performance. Please note: the introductions are only in Dutch.

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