The Marschallin and her young lover Octavian enjoy a glorious morning together. The sudden arrival of her cousin, the lecherous Baron Ochs, intent on securing the hand of Sophie, ignites a comic and bittersweet chain of events. With honour at risk, social status bartered and happiness illusive, the Marschallin accepts time cannot be stopped and she must set young love free.
Exquisite music captures perfectly the poignant comedy and fairy tale romance of the story, reaching its emotional climax in one of opera s greatest moments, the beautiful final trio.
We are delighted to bring you Strauss s most famous opera for the first time, with Miah Persson (Countess, Capriccio, 2018) making her role debut as the Marschallin alongside Hanna Hipp (title role, Fantasio, 2019) as Octavian and Derrick Ballard making his Garsington Opera debut as Ochs. Bruno Ravella (Falstaff, 2018) directs, and we introduce Jordan de Souza to Garsington to conduct the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Performances Insight Talk 2, 6, 11, 13, 16, 20, 26 June Monday 12 April, 7pm 3 July London Start time 5pm
Marschallin Miah Persson Octavian Hanna Hipp Ochs Derrick Ballard Sophie Madison Leonard Faninal Richard Burkhard Marianne Rebecca von Lipinski Valzacchi Colin Judson Annina Kitty Whately Italian Tenor Jack Swanson Police Commissar Julian Close
Conductor Jordan de Souza Director Bruno Ravella Designer Gary McCann Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth
Philharmonia Orchestra Garsington Opera Chorus
Sung in German with English supertitles
A co-production with Irish National Opera and Santa Fe Opera