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Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (Sydney Oct 12) (Catherine Carby, Cheryl Barker, Manfred Hemm, Andrew Litton, Brisn FitzGerald) (Opera Australia: OPOZ56027BD) [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Catherine Carby, Cheryl Barker, Manfred Hemm, Emma Pearson, Andrew Brunsdon
  • Format: Classical
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opera Australia
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Feb 2013
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,278 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Count Octavian Rofrano Catherine Carby
The Feldmarschallin Cheryl Barker
Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau Manfred Hemm
Sophie von Faninal Emma Pearson
Valzacchi Andrew Brunsdon
Annina Jacqueline Dark
Italian Singer Henry Choo
Herr von Faninal Warwick Fyfe
Conductor Andrew Litton
Original Director Brian FitzGerald
Designer Carl Friedrich Oberle
Lighting Designer Nigel Levings

Opera Australia Chorus
Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra
Der Rosenkavalier, the most successful opera of Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthals partnership, is a story of love, lust and human frailty. The story is not complicated but it soars and dips on Strauss music with Hofmannsthals expressive libretto. With Cheryl Barker in the role of the Marschallin, who can fail to be moved by her poignant portrayal of facing the final loss of youth and her young lover?

Count Octavian, Catherine Carby, has the vibrant voice of a young man who has his life to enjoy with no thought of anything but pleasure and the Marschallins company until he meets the beautiful and innocent Sophie von Faninal, played by Emma Pearson. The boorish Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau is superbly exposed by Manfred Hemm, his Viennese accent lending authenticity.

With all the outstanding artists completing the cast and the Opera Australia and Ballet Orchestra, this production is led by conductor Andrew Litton to create a truly stunning operatic and theatrical experience against the classic staging of Carl Friedrich Oberle.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jorge on 9 Mar 2014
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The staging takes the now almost radical step of being set in the 18th-century Vienna. Sets and costumes are wonderful, bringing librettist Hugo von Hoffmannsthal's vision of Vienna during the early years of Empress Maria Theresa's reign to life.

Cheryl Barker's Feldmarschallin has a quite extraordinarily stage presence. Her creamy, luscious timbre is ideal for the role. This is a deeply felt performance, most remarkably in Act 1 as she muses on ageing and the inevitability of being alone, and upon her return in Act 3, in which all three characters enter different steps of their lives - one of the most perfect stage moments ever (any performance of Rosenkavalier must stand or fall on its final scene), but all sing wonderful, and they look wonderful too.

Catherine Carby is distinguished as Count Octavian, ardent and youthful sounding. Having a woman of her maturity to play a young man of 17 is not totally convincing, but her delivery is measured and sure to win hearts. Emma Pearson is a delicious Sophie, her pure voice managing the exposed high notes with great ease. The interpretation of baron Ochs by the Austrian bass Manfred Hemm is very successful on the whole, with plenty of character and genuine Viennese accent and his resonant low notes are a delight. Andrew Litton and The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (the orchestra downsized to fit conditions of the Theatre) shine, illuminating Strauss' beautiful score, with its opulent waltzes, scintillating harmonies and complex vocal arrangement.

This Rosenkavalier is beautifully produced, well sung and without the oddities which now plague so many productions. The blu-ray quality is impressive.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Well worth it! 7 May 2014
By Bwana Bill - Published on
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Forgive me but I am a long time opera fan, but not a schooled critic. I only know what I like and dont like. I bought this particular disc because I thought it would be nice to have a blu ray version (I don't recall seeing a blu ray version of anything operatic before), and it seemed like it was a traditional Viennese staging. I had never seen or heard Cheryl Barker before, but judging from the photos on the disc box she appeared to be a perfect Feldmarchalin. I hesitated over the decsion to buy for a long time because the price of the blu ray was nearly twice that of the regular DVD version. So I felt like I was taking a big risk when I finally comitted to the purchase. I'm happy to say that I was not disappointed with my decsion after I watched it. It is a very beautiful production, the singing and music is great, it sounds great and also looks great. Ms. Barker really is a great Feldmarshalin. I hope I get a chance to see her again. The costumes and staging will please those who prefer traditional staging. The subtitling and staging permited the comical aspects to come through quite a bit better than other recordings I have seen. I was blown away by the soaring beauty of the big trio at the end. If you like Der Rosenkavalier I think you will like this version. Thank you Opera Australia for giving us opera lovers a wonderful producation with state-of-the-art technology!
Three Stars 22 July 2014
By Yoshiaki Yokoi - Published on
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Not so bad, but I always compare to Karajan's second version.
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