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If you love somebody, set them free
The Marschallin has all the riches in the world, and a young lover – Octavian – to make her feel alive. But the one thing she can’t control is time, and fears the fading of her beauty.
When the Marschallin’s fortune-hunting cousin arrives in town seeking a suitable messenger to present a silver rose as way of proposal to the beautiful Sophie, she immediately offers the service of Octavian. He instantly falls for the youthful, Sophie but can the Marschallin set him free, and let true love prevail?
Richard Strauss’ sumptuous opera offers comedy and poignant drama in equal measure, with unforgettable arias, trios and waltzes. The bittersweet narrative focuses on the emotions of the characters, as we see the Marschallin learn to accept the passing of time.
The Sunday Times
Rebecca Evans cuts a figure of serene dignity as the Marschallin
sophisticated and brilliant, the score presents a huge challenge that WNO’s new Music Director Tomás Hanus meets with remarkable flair and confidence