Der Rosenkavalier, The True Story

March & May 2009

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By Richard Strauss

Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal

Adaptation and additional dramatic material by Isidore Elias

Thursday, March 12th 2009, 8:00 PM
Friday, March 13th 2009, 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 15th 2009, 8:00 PM
Friday, May 15th 2009, 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 17th 2009, 4:00 PM

Red Hook Marine Terminal
70 Hamilton Ave
Brooklyn, New York


Richard Strauss’s great opera Der Rosenkavalier was originally entitled Baron Ochs von Lerchenau. How was the Baron Deprived of his claim to the opera’s title? Join the disgruntled Baron Ochs at Vertical Player Repertory to listen to the Baron tell his side of the story and hear some of the most glorious operatic ensembles ever written. Substantial excerpts from the opera are staged in period costume with an original narration written by Isidore Elias and performed by Tony Award nominee Paul Hecht as Baron Ochs.

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Production Team

Judith Barnes and Hayden DeWitt, concept and co-direction
Deborah Houston, costumes
Donald Grove, lighting
Audrey Saint-Gil (March) and Catherine Venable (May), piano


The Cast

Baron Ochs von Lerchenau: Paul Hecht
Count Octavian Rofrano, known as Quin-Quin: Hayden DeWitt
The Feldmarschallin Princess Werdenberg: Judith Barnes
An Italian Tenor: Noah Stewart (March), Deryl Godshall (May)
Marianne Leitmetzerin, Sophie’s Duenna: Laura Bohn (March), Sarah Downs (May)
Sophie von Faninal, Ochs’s Betrothed: Beth Anne Hatton