Strauss's 'Der Rosenkavalier' Returns with Met Opera to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of U.S. Premiere, Beg. 11/22
To commemorate the centennial of the opera's 1913 U.S. premiere at the Met, Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier returns for a series of performances conducted by Edward Gardner and featuring a cast of international singers making company debuts and role debuts. Viennese soprano Martina Serafin sings her first Met performances of one of her signature roles, the Marschallin. Alice Coote, who currently stars as Detective Anne Strawson in the North American premiere of Nico Muhly's Two Boys, sings the trouser role of the Marschallin's young lover, Octavian, while Mojca Erdmann makes her company role debut as Sophie, the innocent young woman who comes between the two. Peter Rose reprises his acclaimed interpretation of the Marschallin's oafish cousin, Baron Ochs; Hans-Joachim Ketelsen sings Sophie's protective father, Faninal; and Eric Cutler returns to the role of the Italian Singer. On December 3, German mezzo-soprano Daniela Sindram will make her Met debut as Octavian, a role she will also sing on December 7 and 10. On December 13, French mezzo-soprano Géraldine Chauvet will sing her first company performance of Octavian. At the December 3 performance, two graduates of the Met's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program will sing principal roles: Erin Morley as Sophie and Mario Chang as the Italian Singer.
Martina Serafin has sung the Marschallin with numerous major opera companies including San Francisco Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, and Bavarian State Opera in Munich. Last season, she made her Met debut as Sieglinde in Wagner's Die Walküre. Also this season, she sings the title role in Puccini's Tosca at the Liceu and the Vienna State Opera; Elisabeth in Verdi's Don Carlo at La Scala; and the title roles in Puccini's Manon Lescaut (Hamburg State Opera) and Turandot (Bilbao Opera).
Alice Coote has sung Octavian with Los Angeles Opera, Seattle Opera, Geneva Opera, and Deutsche Oper Berlin; later this season she will sing the role at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. She currently sings the role of Detective Anne Strawson in the U.S. premiere of Nico Muhly's Two Boys at the Met; her other recent performances include Sesto in last season's new production premiere of Handel's Giulio Cesare and Hansel in the 2007 new production premiere of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. Coote made her Met debut in 2006 as Cherubino in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro.
Daniela Sindram has sung Octavian with numerous opera companies in her native Germany, including Dresden State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Karlsruhe State Opera, and Nuremberg State Opera. Her other recent performances include Adriano in Wagner's Rienzi at the Bayreuth Festival, Fricka in Das Rheingold and Die Walküre at Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Venus in a concert performance of Wagner's Tannhäuser at the Proms in London, conducted by Donald Runnicles.