[That’s not the strawberries you’re aiming for, Rofrano! Smart choice, too. – Tara Erraught (Octavian) and Kate Royal (Marschallin) in Strauss’ “Rosenkavalier” as staged by Richard Jones, Glyndebourne 2014. – Photo Credit: Alastair Muir]
Yes, one more.
After watching this production in its entirety (thank you, Glyndebourne!), I vote to furthermore ALWAYS have Octavian and Marie-Theres’ make out while Ochs drones onabout his sexual conquests. For reasons. Shallow reasons, but sue me, they are still my reasons.
Erraught’s Octavian is tender and enthusiastic, earnestly stumbling along – no sleek swagger or dashing antics, but something honest and heartfelt I haven’t seen in a while.
The discovery of the night for me was Lard Woldt’s Ochs, though – tastefully, elegantly sung, and the right micture of comical, tragical and somehow still charming in presentation.
Check the production out for yourself, including the wonderful Kate Royal (and in looking at her, try to forget about everything but the fox stole, with the exception from the very first scene. In that one, try not to forget your own name) , until June 15th as stream-on-demand at the Glyndebourne website.