Day 257 – Rosenkavalier

I was open, and I did for the most part enjoy this four-hour tour de force. A few things helped. First of all, I re-read the synopsis before I went and there were sub-titles so that I had a fairly clear idea of what was happening at any given moment. Second of all, the production itself had a lot of small touches that made it easy to get wrapped up in it. Third of all, the Live from the … performances are designed to hold people’s attention with interviews and tours in the imtermissions and so on. Fourth and finally, the performances were extraordinary. Fleming was good, but the real stars of the evening were Elīna Garanča and Günther Groissböck, the Octavian and the Ochs. Garanča became the teenage boy she was singing and Groissböck gave us the great gift of a beautifully nuanced performance as Ochs. In the end, I didn’t even have to work to enjoy it. 🙂

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