Metropolitan Opera's Der Rosenkavalier (The Rose Bearer: Comedy for Music in Three Acts) Libretto German/English
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- Language:German (Published)
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- Dimensions (in):10.5 x 7 x 0.3
- Publication Date:1966
Original text in German, with complete English translation. Line by line reading, including all stages notes. Strauss's comic masterpiece of love and intrigue in 18th-century Vienna. The opera has four main characters: the aristocratic Marschallin, her very young lover Octavian Rofrano, a part sung by a woman, her coarse, philandering country cousin Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau, and his young prospective fiancée Sophie von Faninal, the lovely daughter of a rich Viennese bourgeois. Baron Ochs, having arranged with Sophie's father Faninal to combine his noble rank with Faninal's money by marrying Sophie, asks the Marschallin to suggest an appropriate young man to be his Knight of the Rose, who will present a silver rose to Sophie on his behalf as a traditional symbol of courtship. She recommends Octavian. When Octavian delivers the rose, he and Sophie fall in love on sight, and must figure out how to prevent Baron Ochs from marrying Sophie. They accomplish this in a comedy of errors that is smoothed over with the help of the Marschallin.
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