Tomorrow! And tomorrow the sun will shine again and on the way that I will go, she will again unite us, the happy ones amidst this sun-breathing earth, and to the beach, wide, wave-blue will we still and slowly descend silently we will look in each other’s eyes and upon us will sink the mute silence of happiness
Die Semperoper in Dresden, Sachsen, Eastern Germany is the opera house of the Sächsische Staatsoper (Saxon State Opera), the concert hall of the Staatskapelle (Saxon State Orchestra), and it’s home to the Semperoper ballet. The building is located near the Elbe River in Dresden’s historic center. It was built in 1841 and rebuilt after a fire in 1869. It has a long history of premieres, including major works by Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. Read more.
There’s been a lot of opera in “Famous Finales” week here at Musica in Extenso, and I’m going to continue adding to the pile. This beautiful final trio & duet at the end of Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier is one of my favorite operatic pieces and such a sumptuous way to end this story of love and the heartbreak of letting someone go. The fact that Octavian is a pants role is what makes this work so gloriously well, with these three soaring voices filling the air with joyful agony. I’m pretty picky about my trio here, and this is one of my favorites, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Agnes Baltsa, and Janet Perry from the 1984 Salzburg Festival.
It’s been a wonderful season on the blog, and I hope you’ve all enjoyed it! - Melinda Beasi