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This production was a disappointment, apart from Renee Fleming all the other characters ...
on 25 July 2014
This production was a disappointment, apart from Renee Fleming all the other characters felt 'wrong'. Baron Ochs was too light weight and displayed non of the pompous gravitas and ignorant arrogance which would have made him a 'comic' figure. Sophie was too old and fat for the part particularly in that nightdress style 'presentation' dress she wore. The first bedroom scene was delightfully acted by Sophie Koch, but thereafter the way she uses her mouth for singing, distorting it was most alienating, particularly in her role as Rosenkavalier. The use of an adult Pierrot as the Marschallin's 'Pet' servant also felt wrong. But for the first Act, I would have given this production a lower rating. Renee Fleming alone deserves praise for her vocally and visually engaging presentation.