EVENT: A Note on Opera – “Der Rosenkavalier”
The second Monday in the month is fast approaching again which can only mean one thing – it’s time for another “A Note on Opera” lecture! This month we’ll be looking at Richard Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier.”
Richard Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier” [The Knight of the Rose] premiered in Dresden in 1911. It was a radical departure from Strauss’s preceding works and his 2nd collaboration with one of the great German-language playwrights, the Austrian Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Originally intended to be a full-blown comedy, as composition progressed “Rosenkavalier” evolved into a nuanced, affectionate observation on the vagaries of the human heart and the acceptance of time passing us by. Though ostensibly set in 18th-century Vienna during the reign of Maria Theresia, the charming anachronisms within “Rosenkavalier” make it a work of nostalgia for a time and place that never really existed. Strauss emphasized that it must be performed with “… lightness and grace, one eye wet, the other dry.”
In Europe of 1911, as war seemed more and more probable, “Rosenkavalier” offered a temporary escape and became a huge success. Rail schedules throughout the German-speaking world were changed to accommodate the throngs traveling to Dresden to see it. Even special trains from Berlin would leave early enough to arrive before the opening curtain and then return to Berlin later that night.
Ready to sign up for a night of opera? Here’s what you need to know:
When: Monday, December 14, 2015
Where: Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta
Admission: $10 Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta Members, $20 Non Members
Course to be taught in English by David Kerr. No pre-existing knowledge of music required.
We look forward to seeing you there!
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