CinemaLive, Opera Australia, and Sydney Opera House are pleased to announce that Richard Strauss’s masterpiece of love and intrigue in 18th-century Vienna, Der Rosenkavalier, will be released in selected cinemas from 9th September 2011. Starring the internationally acclaimed Australian soprano Cheryl Barker, Der Rosenkavalier (or The Knight of the Rose) is a thoughtful comedy in three parts about life, love and the passage of time.

“Personalities shine in a rapturous tale… This Rosenkavalier revival glistens with vocal talent,” Sydney Morning Herald, 4.10.10

Der Rosenkavalier resembles a sparkling diamond… From whatever angle it is viewed, [it] is undeniably a work of glittering beauty,” The Australian, 7.10.10

There are four main characters: the Marschallin, wife of Field Marshall von Werdenberg, her much younger lover Octavian, her bovine cousin Baron Ochs and his much younger prospective fiancée, Sophie. The Marschallin nominates Octavian to be the Rosenkavalier, Baron Ochs’ envoy to Sophie. The young couple fall in love, Ochs behaves badly and the Marschallin is left to sort it out, and face the prospect of losing her lover to a younger woman.

Cheryl Barker (on right) makes her debut as the wise and beautiful Marschallin, in one of the most famous roles in the soprano repertoire, while Strauss-specialist Andrew Litton makes his Australian debut conducting Strauss's rich and expansive score with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

Cheryl and Andrew are joined by Austrian born bass Manfred Hemm who plays the odious Baron Ochs in his Opera Australia debut. Hemm is best known for his famous interpretation of Papageno at the Metropolitan Opera in New York with James Levine which he repeated in five successive seasons. He has previously performed the role of Baron Ochs for Scottish Opera under Sir Richard Armstrong.

Catherine Carby returns to the “pants” role of Octavian, Warwick Fyfe is Faninal, and Hye Seoung Kwon takes the role of Sophie for the first time. Also delivering stand out performances is the award-winning Opera Australia Chorus. Roger Press has restaged this much-loved and traditionally styled production, based on the original by Rennie Wright and designed by Carl Friedrich Oberle.

Captured in stunning high-definition with 5.1 surround sound, Der Rosenkavalier commences in selected cinemas from September 9th. The performance is sung in German with English surtitles, and lasts for 4 hours and 15 minutes with two 20-minute intervals.

Please visit for participating cinemas and session times.


Palace Norton St on September 9th, 10th, 11th & 14th    
Palace Verona on September 9th, 10th, 11th & 14th
Event Castle Hill on September 11th    
Manly Twin Cinema on September 15th, 18th & 19th