In May, reviews of Glyndebourne's new production of Der Rosenkavalier triggered a media storm about sexism. But the reviews also discerned a musical coolness in the production. Now, two months later, in this semi-staged rendering for Glyndebourne's annual Prom visit, many of those reservations can be set aside.
That may be because
It didn't hurt, either, that illness to two key principals meant that Franz Hawlata, no less, stepped in to sing
One of the benefits of a concert performance - with the lights up - is the chance to follow Hugo von Hofmannstahl's text closely.
Like Royal, Tara Erraught has also grown increasingly confident as Octavian and, if it is not her fault that the Mariandel scenes overstay their welcome, she more than compensated by producing the necessary Octavian ardour in the set pieces and impressive vocal command in ensembles.
Extraordinary that this was the first complete Rosenkavalier at the Proms. On this evidence, it works a treat in the Albert Hall.
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