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Opera Cheat Sheet

Opera Cheat Sheet: Der Rosenkavalier

This week’s OCS is a quick, light-hearted introduction to Richard Strauss’ comic masterpiece, Der Rosenkavalier (The Knight of the Rose), set in 18th-century Vienna and chock full of some of the composer’s most beautiful, lush music.  Der Rosenkavalier is this week’s Met Opera broadcast, Saturday, Feb. 22, at noon on Classical 91.7.


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In this week’s Opera Cheat Sheet, Classical 91.7’s program director, St.John Flynn, and opera expert Eric Skelly, discuss R. Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, a comedy that harkens back to Vienna during the reign of the Empress Maria Theresa, and to the comic operas of Mozart.  The Marschallin laments that she must give up her young lover, Octavian, who has fallen in love with Sophie, a girl his own age, who is betrothed to the oafish buffoon Baron Ochs, who is looking for a rich, young wife!  You can hear the Met Opera performance of Der Rosenkavalier Saturday at noon here on Classical 91.7 and online at