[Silver, White and Roses. Floor color optional, cufflinks: insane. – Kathrin Göring (Octavian) and Eun Yee You (Sophie) during the Presentation of the Rose, Richard Strauss, “Rosenkavalier”, Leipzig 2012. – Photo Credit: Andreas Birkigt/Oper Leipzig]
All it takes is a silver rose, some white taffeta and a few chords of celesta to transport most opera dykes to a place of magic (even if many of us would choose Marie-Theres’ every time).
I was reminded of it on Friday, when Andris Nelson rocked the Rosenkavalier Suite (if you ever lack the time for the whole four hours, take the 25-minute suite instead – lacking the mezzos, but sporting the top ten tunes in one big arrangement that requires seven people on percussion alone) at the Gewandhaus.
My only lucid thought throughout may have been, “This is better than sex.”
Well, perhaps not better, but there is a parallel when it comes to the blend of transcendence and sheer physicality that is utterly convincing. At least it was on Friday night.
[I know that there is very little in the way of opera blogging on my part these days. I blame life, that has me rearrange large parts of it at the moment. Once “Troubled Passage” is finished (three more chapters to go and I plan on posting every week, day optional), I should be back for the Baroque Opera Summer Festival season.]