Der Rosenkavalier

Dutch National Opera

Der Rosenkavalier

Chief conductor Lorenzo Viotti conducts one of the most beloved operas of all time. In Der Rosenkavalier, Richard Strauss presents a world on the brink of vanishing. The opera artfully balances comic intrigue with poignancy, revealing a set of characters trying to hold on to a life that is an illusion. Their efforts are in vain: the passage of time is relentless, paving the way for a future that lies with the next generation. 

Chief conductor Lorenzo Viotti

Der Rosenkavalier (1911) had long been on Lorenzo Viotti’s wish list when he became chief conductor of Dutch National Opera. Its brilliant score champions both the orchestra and the voice, offering swirling Viennese waltzes with swaggering rhythms as well as breathtaking vocal lines. This opera gives Viotti the perfect opportunity to show different sides of his artistry. He will be working with a first-rate cast of singers. Soprano Maria Bengtsson makes an ideal Marschallin with her noble voice and undeniable stage presence, while mezzo-soprano Angela Brower, renowned for her velvety sound and pristine delivery, takes on the role of Octavian. German bass Christof Fischesser will bring his deep, rich warm tones as well as his flair for comedy to the role of Baron Ochs. 

Musical comedy in three acts - sung in German


Libretto Hugo von Hofmannsthal

Musical direction Lorenzo Viotti
Stage direction Jan Philipp Gloger
Set design Ben Baur
Costumes Karin Jud
Lighting Bernd Purkrabek
Dramaturgy Sophie Becker Klaus Bertisch


Die Feldmarschallin Maria Bengtsson
Der Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau Christof Fischesser
Octavian Angela Brower
Herr von Faninal Martin Gantner
Sophie t.b.a.
Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin Iris van Wijnen
Valzacchi Marcel Reijans
Annina Eva Kroon
Haushofmeister der Feldmarschallin Lucas van Lierop


Orchestra Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Chorus Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Chorus master Edward Ananian-Cooper

Nieuw Amsterdams Kinderkoor (part of Nieuw Vocaal Amsterdam)
Rehearsals children’s chorus  Anaïs de la Morandais