Feb. 22: Der Rosenkavalier

Feb 18, 2014

Alice Coote as Octavian, Martina Serafin as the Marschallin, and Peter Rose as Baron Ochs in Strauss's "Der Rosenkavalier."
Credit Jonathan Tichler / Metropolitan Opera

The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues Saturday, February 22 on KLRE Classical 90.5 at noon with Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier.

This performance is an archival broadcast from earlier this season. Edward Gardner leads the cast that features Viennese soprano Martina Serafin in one of her signature roles, the Marschallin. Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote sings the trouser role of the Marschallin’s young lover, Octavian, while soprano Erin Morley is Sophie, the innocent young woman who comes between the two. Bass Peter Rose reprises his acclaimed interpretation of the Marschallin’s oafish cousin, Baron Ochs. Der Rosenkavalier will be heard over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 1:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 22.

Martina Serafin has sung the Marschallin with numerous major opera companies, including San Francisco Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, and Bavarian State Opera in Munich. She made her Met debut last season as Sieglinde in Wagner’s Die Walküre. Other signature roles include the title role of Puccini's Tosca, which she has sung with the Vienna State Opera, La Scala, Royal Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Paris Opera.

Alice Coote has sung Octavian with Los Angeles Opera, Seattle Opera, Geneva Opera, and Deutsche Oper Berlin, and will sing the role at the Bavarian State Opera this spring. Earlier this season, she sang the role of Detective Anne Strawson in the U.S. premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys at the Met. Since her Met debut in 2006 as Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, she has also sung Hansel in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel and Sesto in Handel's Giulio Cesare with the company.

Erin Morley, a graduate of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, has sung nine roles with the company, including Constance in last season’s revival of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, Woglinde and the Forest Bird in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, and the Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel. Other engagements this season include her company debut with the Bavarian State Opera as Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto and Mme. Silberklang in Mozart's The Impresario and the title role of Stravinsky's Le Rossignol with Santa Fe Opera.

Peter Rose previously sang Baron Ochs at the Met in 2000 and 2005 and has also performed the role at La Scala, the Vienna State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Royal Opera. His other roles with the Met have included Bottom in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ramfis in Verdi's Aida, La Roche in Strauss’s Capriccio, and Don Basilio in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia,

Edward Gardner, Music Director of the English National Opera, made his Met debut in the 2010-11 season conducting Bizet’s Carmen, and returned last season to lead a revival of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Also at ENO this season, he conducts performances of Beethoven’s Fidelio, Britten’s Peter Grimes, Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini, and the world premiere of Julian Anderson’s Thebans.

The intermissions will include interviews with Serafin and Coote, as well as with legendary mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig who appeared in this production as both Octavian and the Marschallin during the season of its premiere.