[Sarah Connolly (Octavian) in the ENO “Rosenkavalier”, London 2012. – Photo Credit: English National Opera]
Anyone still breathing?
Alright, take a break, I’ll be back in a minute.
ENO is currently running an English-language of Strauss’ “Rosenkavalier”, much lauded in the critic (in fact, have a seat before you read this one) – and how could it be any different, with Sarah Connolly rocking the stage as the Kavalier himself, next to the Marschallin of Amanda Roocroft, whom I last saw as Fiordiligi in the Gardiner “Così fan tutte”, sometime in the mid-nineties?
Mind you, Roocroft with Rainer Trost was adorable. Roocroft, fifteen years later and with Sarah Connolly? A whole different kind of wonderful. Sophie Bevan makes a remarkable role debut as her namesake and John Tomlinson stars as Ochs.
Performances are still running Feb. 11th, 17th, 21st and 24th, tickets still available.
As I remarked when first seeing above picture: Is there anyone willing to share a rowboat across the Gulf of Biscay and up the Thames with me?! Because I am rowing already!
Ah, but what do I keep talking. Admit it, you haven’t heard a word of what I said. You’re still staring at that photo, thinking “shirt… boots… shirt… boots…wow, how much swagger can a person have sitting down?!” – And, in fact, I’m going to join you in doing just that for the foreseeable future.