About the Opera

Strauss’s comic masterpiece of love and intrigue in 18th-century Vienna stars Renée Fleming as the aristocratic Marschallin and Susan Graham in the trouser role of her young lover Octavian. Edo De Waart conducts a cast that includes Christine Schäfer as Sophie, Eric Cutler as the Italian singer, Thomas Allen as Faninal, and Kristinn Sigmundsson as Baron Ochs. Directed for the screen by Barbara Willis-Sweete and hosted by Plácido Domingo, Der Rosenkavalier airs on THIRTEEN’S Great Performances at the Met on PBS on Sunday, April 25 at noon (check local listings).

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Great Performances at the Met: Der Rosenkavalier is the sixth of 10 productions airing this season during the 2009-2010 series. The performance is sung in German with English surtitles. The production is by Nathaniel Merrill, sets and costumes are by Robert O’Hearn, and the lighting designer is Gil Wechsler.

Great Performances is funded by the Irene Diamond Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, public television viewers and PBS. Corporate support for Great Performances at the Met is provided by Toll Brothers, America’s luxury home-builder®. Major support for the telecast was also provided by Donald G. Sisler.

For the Met, Mia Bongiovanni and Elena Park are Supervising Producers, and Louisa Briccetti and Victoria Warivonchik are Producers. Peter Gelb is Executive Producer. For Great Performances, Bill O’Donnell is Series Producer; David Horn is Executive Producer.