Der Rosenkavalier

Melbourne Opera presents a new production of Strauss’ sublime romantic comedy Der Rosenkavalier (The Rose Knight).

Production Details

9, 11, 15, 17th August, 2018.
Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne.
Running Time:
3hr 30m, with two intervals.
Composer: Richard Strauss
Conductor: Dr David Kram
Director: Tama Matheson
Starring: Lee Abrahmsen, Danielle Calder, Daniel Sumegi, Anna Voshege.

A superb international cast has been assembled featuring Daniel Sumegi as the oafish Baron Ochs, Lee Abrahmsen as the beautiful Marschallin, Danielle Calder as her dashing lover Octavian and Anna Voshege as Sophie, Octavian’s new love interest.

This classic comedy, featuring many of Strauss’ most famous waltzes and ensembles will be sung in English and conducted by renowned Richard Strauss specialist Dr David Kram.

A rare opportunity to enjoy Strauss’ lush music from the company whose recent triumphs include Tristan and Isolde, Roberto Devereux and Lohengrin.

Read our director Tama Matheson’s notes on how Der Rosenkavalier made Strauss the most famous composer in the world and how this opera remains one of the world’s most renowned.


Production Sponsor: Henkell Brothers Investment Managers

Press & Reviews

Melbourne Opera’s Der Rosenkavalier is a hoot.” ★★★★

— Paul Selar, Herald Sun.

“A voluptuous, comedic romp where young love triumphs over all in the style only opera can provide.” ★★★★
— Raphael Solarsh, ArtsHub

Cast & Crew

 — SOPRANO — Lee Abrahmsen
Baron Ochs — BASS — Daniel Sumegi
Octavian — SOPRANO — Danielle Calder
Faninal — BARITONE — Simon Meadows
Sophie — SOPRANO — Anna Voshege
Valzacchi — TENOR — John Pickering
Annina — MEZZO SOPRANO — Caroline Vercoe
Marianne — SOPRANO — Andrea Creighton
Police Commissioner — BARTIONE — Roger Howell
Major Domo of the Princess — TENOR — Nick Webb
Major Domo of Faninal — TENOR — Paul Biencourt
The Attorney — Matthew Thomas
Landlord — Michael Dimovski
Italian Singer — Henry Choo
Field Marshal — David Preston
Three Orphans — Alison McIntosh-Deszcz, Esther Gresswell, Shakira Dugan.
Milliner — Rebecca Rashleigh
Leopold — Samuel Holland
Hausknecht — Peter Tregear

Conductor: Dr David Kram
Director: Tama Matheson
Head of Music & Chorus Master: Raymond Lawrence
Set Design: Christina Logan-Bell
Lighting Designer: Lucy Birkinshaw
Assistant Director: Miki Oikawa
Stage Manager: Jennifer Knight
Assistant Stage Manger: Claudia De Sessa
Costume Designer: Lucy Wilkins
Set Build: Shane Lee
Hair, Make-up & Wigs: Taylor Elliott
Warbrobe Manager/Tailor: Rhiannon Irving
Company Manager: Robbie McPhee
Producer: Greg Hocking AM

Shakira Dugan, Esther Gresswell, Alicia Groves, Sue Halls, Angela Hennel, Maree Macmillan, Alison McIntosh-Deszcz, Debra O’Connor, Cecily Woodberry, Tim Daly, Paul Dernelly, Andrew Dickinson, Dick Dowling, Finn Gilheany, Peter Hanway, Mark Henderson, Matthew Lowe, Robert Moroni, David Preston, Roland Seidl, Robert Van Keulen, Nicholas Webb.