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January 17, 2004
Los Angeles Opera
2003/2004 Season
Der Rosernkavalier - Director Maximilian Schell combines forces with visionary artist Gottfried Helnwein for a fresh look at the intricacies of love and romance.
Richard Strauss In German with English Supertitles . A new production of one of opera's most beloved romantic comedies. . Director Maximilian Schell combines forces with visionary artist and designer Gottfried Helnwein for a fresh look at the intricacies of love and romance. An aristocratic lady encounters a younger rival for her brash paramour's affections. Her fascinating response plays out in a nostalgic glance at the timeless mysteries of the heart.
Soprano Adrianne Pieczonka (our lovely Elsa in Lohengrin) is the glamorous Marschallin, increasingly aware that time is not on her side. Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote makes her company debut in a charming trouser role as the impetuous youth who finds true love, and soprano Elizabeth Futral, our unforgettable Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, is the unexpected object of his affection. Finally, bass Kurt Rydl returns as the delightfully gauche Baron Ochs, whose decision to marry turns everything askew.
Music Director Kent Nagano conducts Strauss's delicious and luxurious score, which darts effortlessly from infectious waltzes to a rapturous final trio for three sopranos.
PRODUCTION DATES:
Sunday May 29, 2005 6 p.m.
Wednesday June 1, 2005 7:30 p.m.
Saturday June 4, 2005 2 p.m.
Wednesday June 8, 2005 7:30 p.m.
Saturday June 11, 2005 7:30 p.m.
Thursday June 16, 2005 7:30 p.m.
Sunday June 19, 2005 7:30 p.m.
CAST
Kurt Rydl BARON OCHS
Adrianne Pieczonka MARSCHALLIN
Alice Coote OCTAVIAN
Elizabeth Futral SOPHIE

CONDUCTOR--Kent Nagano
DIRECTOR--Maximilian Schell
DESIGNER--Gottfried Helnwein
RUNNING TIME:
4 hours 30 minutes
PRE-PERFORMANCE LECTURE:
One hour prior to each performance.
Pre-performance lectures are generously sponsored by the Flora L. Thornton Foundation and the Opera League of Los Angeles.
PRODUCTION NOTES:
New production.
HAMBURG OPERA: HELNWEIN STAGE DESIGN AND COSTUMES FOR STRAWINSKY'S OPERA "RAKE'S PROGRESS"
The Rake's Progress
2001




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