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Carla Maria Verdino-S├╝llwold
Fanfare, January 2016

Kate Royal gives a noble performance as the worldly-wise and weary Marschallin; her soprano is silvery and secure, and she conveys a sophisticated, sexy woman who is constrained by the conventions of her society. Tarra Erraught displays a rich, warm mezzo and an unself-conscious boyish charm as Octavian, while Teodora Gheorghiu proves a nimble, sweet-voiced Sophie, who negotiates the upper reaches of the role with ease. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Manuel Ribeiro
Pizzicato, November 2015

…good singing and a refined orchestral playing… © 2015 Pizzicato Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2015

STRAUSS, R.: Rosenkavalier (Der) (Glyndebourne, 2014) (NTSC) OA1170D
STRAUSS, R.: Rosenkavalier (Der) (Glyndebourne, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7168D

A zany production from Richard Jones, and an often hilarious performance of Richard Strauss’s opera, Der Rosenkavalier, filmed at Glyndebourne in June 2014. With stylized sets and costumes that look to have been borrowed from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, it’s first act opens with a naked Marschallin taking a shower watched by Octavian, much of the remainder of the act occupied by their sexual relationship. From there in every possible joke is extracted by Jones, as a whirlwind of characters come and go with increasing rapidity, the excellence of singing being the one constant factor in scenes that often descend into mayhem. Looking very beautiful, Kate Royal makes for a young Marschallin as a foil to the middle-aged person that we usually see depicted on stage. In that respect the casting is perceptive and fits more closely with the story, while her voice has a wonderfully fresh and vibrant quality. Conversely Tara Erraught is too shapely to take the part of the young man, Octavian, though when she is supposed to be a young girl teasing Baron Ochs, she has everything going for her. If that’s all very confusing, just blame Strauss! Bring Royal and Erraught together, and you can enjoy some gorgeous moments of duet singing. In having a youngish looking Baron Ochs from Lars Woldt, we probably also come closer to the story than with the usual lecherous old man, Woldt’s voice both agile and, at the appropriate moment, wonderfully sonorous going deep in the register. The remaining cameo roles are uniformly good, with a suitably scheming Valzacchi and Annina from Christopher Gillett and Helene Schneiderman. The young conductor, Robin Ticciati, joins in Jones’s concept with a brisk and lightweight orchestral accompaniment, a very long way from Karajan’s warm opulence that once became the opera’s benchmark. The multitude of bright and outrageous costumes are captured in an excellent film that concentrates on the whole stage rather than on close-ups. For something totally different, this is a Rosenkavalier to make you laugh. © 2015 David’s Review Corner

Lawrence D. Devoe, MD, July 2015

Young maestro Robin Ticciati leads the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a spirited yet emotionally appropriate reading of the lush score. …English soprano Royal, a stunner in the nude shower scene at the opening curtain, exudes the sexuality and vocal sheen that this role demands. Romanian soprano Gheorghiu’s Sophie is a nice find and captures the essence of her ingénue role. © 2015 Read complete review

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