I can’t embed it here to honor their rights to it, but check out this beautiful photo from the Royal Opera House of what has to be the end of Act 1.
One of my favorite little moments in Act 3 of Rosenkavalier is when the Marschallin, in full regal mode, basically says to Ochs, “WE ARE DONE HERE.” Of course it takes him 2 more pages (in my libretto) to get gone, because of course it does, but the Marschallin’s clear, dignified drawing of a boundary always gets me.
“Er dar, Er dar in aller Still’ sich retirieren!
Versteht Er nicht, wenn eine Sach’ ein End’ hat?…
und alles sonst was drum und dran hängt, ist mit dieser Stund’ vorbei…
Ist halt vorbei!”
AKA things I’m not over even though it’s 2018 now.
AKA things I will never be over, if I’m honest.
I mean, I could use one. You?
Brigitte Fassbaender and Kiri Te Kanawa, 1985 Getty photo.
A 1992 Final Trio (and ending duet) with Renee Fleming, Frederica von Stade (in trousers, natch!), and Kathleen Battle. I love it, and also Fleming learned a lot about the Marschallin in the ensuing years. If we ever get to have tea together someday, I would ask her about that.
Anyway, it’s definitely more than 3.2 seconds of perfection.
Maybe it’s just me, but I think she’s saying “Patriarchy ruins everything.”
23 years, as of yesterday. I’m not saying any of this happened but feel free to draw your own conclusions.
I interpret this as a side-eye to the patriarchy…
Seriously, there are lots of red beds in Rosenkavalier productions.
I guess some people don’t like chocolate? I cannot imagine why.