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. Co-production with Los Angeles Music Center Association, Houston Grand Opera and New York City Opera. Running time 4 hrs 5 minsPerformers Janice Watson (The Feldmarschalin), Alice Coote (Octavian), John Tomlinson (Baron Ochs), Stephen Richardson (Baron Ochs from Mar 20), Susan Gritton (Sophie), Andrew Shore (Herr von Faninal), Rebecca de Pont Davies (Annina), Adrian Thompson (Valzacchi), Meryl Richardson (Duenna), Barry Banks (Italian tenor), Peter Auty (Italian tenor from Mar 27), Iain Paterson (Commissar of Police), Colin Lee (Major-Domo to Faninal).
Music Strauss. Lyrics Hofmannsthal. Company English National Opera. Conductor Vassily Sinaisky. Director Jonathan Miller (original director). Director David Ritch (revival director). Design Peter J Davison. Costume Sue Blane. Lighting Jean Kalman. Translation Alfred Kalisch.