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. Generously supported by The Friends of Covent GardenPerformers Soile Isokoski (the Marschallin), Sophie Koch (Octavian), Lucy Crowe (Sophie), Peter Rose (Baron Ochs), Thomas Allen (Faninal), Wookyung Kim (Italian Singer), Graham Clark (Valzacchi), Diana Montague (Annina), Robert Anthony Gardiner (Major Domo), Steven Ebel (Major Domo II), Jeremy White (Commissioner), Elaine McKrill (Duenna), Robert Worle (Innkeeper).
Music Strauss. Lyrics Hofmannsthal. Producer Royal Opera. Director John Schlesinger. Design William Dudley. Costume Maria Bjornson. Lighting Robert Bryan. Director Eleanor Fazan (movement). Conductor Kirill Petrenko.