Vienna, in the golden age of the Empress Maria Theresa. The Feldmarschallin, beautiful and married, has a besotted young lover, Count Octavian. But Octavian is half her age, and the Feldmarschallin knows that one day she must give him up to a younger woman. How soon will that time come? When the boorish Baron Ochs charges Octavian to present a silver rose (a traditional engagement gift) on his behalf, Octavian comes face to face with the delightful Sophie; the Feldmarschallin is the first to realise what is going on. Sung in German with English surtitles. Approximate running time 4hrs.Performers Deborah Riedel (Marschallin), Katarina Karneus (Octavian), Lisa Milne (Sophie), Catherine Foster (Marianne), Antonia Sotgiu (Annina), Anthony Mee (Italian Singer), Neil Jenkins (Valzacchi), Christopher Purves (Von Faninal), Daniel Sumegi (Baron Ochs), Henry Waddington (Police Commisar).
Music Strauss. Lyrics Hofmannsthal. Company Welsh National Opera (in a co-production with Opera Australia). Conductor Carlo Rizzi. Design Rennie Wright. Lighting Nigel Levings.