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Fabulously well sung Rosenkavalier at the English National Opera

With a cast like Janice Watson (Marchallin), Sarah Connolly (Octavian), Sarah Tynan (Sophie) and John Tomlinson (Ochs), one would naturally expect a great performance.

My expectations were met when I sent to see the new production of Der Rosenkavalier at the English National Opera last Saturday. The set was plain with enough props to indicate where the action was taking place. The stage production / direction was great - as one would expect when David McVicar is in charge. Edward Gardner maintained the momentum of the drama well. The duet in the opening of the second act and the trio at the end were brilliantly sung and well balanced. Tomlinson added the right amount of loutishness. All in all a great performance.

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