A Note on Opera: Richard Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier"

Jun 12, 2017 6:30 PM | Atlanta, GA

Notenblatt Enlarge image (© picture-alliance / Bildagentur-online / Klein) Join us for June's "A Note on Opera" lecture as we look at Richard Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier [The Knight of the Rose]."

It is rare in opera to have both a great composer and a great writer working together. There are three notable exceptions: Mozart and da Ponte, Verdi and Boïto and Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Ultimately, Strauss and von Hofmannsthal created six operas together. The "Rosenkavalier" was their second partnership.

Beyond the immediate appeal of its lush score, beautiful language, bittersweet situation, young love and almost slapstick comedy, "Rosenkavalier" is one of the only operas with characters who not only come with a "back story," but a "front story," too. Strauss and von Hofmannsthal created such complex, multi-layered characters that we in the audience grow to know them so well that we might even imagine what happens to them after the curtain falls.

Lecture to be in English by David Kerr. No pre-existing knowledge of music required.

Please use this link to register in advance for this course session.

Admission: $15.00 for members; $25.00 for non-members

Goethe-Zentrum / German Cultural Center
1197 Peachtree Steet NE
Colony Square, Plaza Level
Atlanta, GA 30361-2401

A Note on Opera

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