• March 2023
  • Dublin

Der Rosenkavalier

A ravishing recreation of Richard Strauss’s nostalgic immersion in 18th-century Vienna, with the greatest-ever trio for three female voices.

Love and lust. Culture and crudity. Disguise and deceit. Masters and servants. Opulence to die for. Raging hormones fuel the aristocratic intrigues in Richard Strauss’s indulgently Viennese celebration of the extravagant lifestyle of a bygone age. The orchestra is sumptuous. The sopranos soar with heart-stopping beauty. Operatic nostalgia doesn’t come any finer than this.

Sung in German with English surtitles.

Running time: 3 hours and 50 minutes including two intervals after Acts I and II.

Der Rosenkavalier...In Focus, a free online introduction with speaker Michael Lee to the opera takes place on 2 March at 7pm. Booking details to be announced.

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“Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier is a gilded fantasy of Vienna — all waltzes and silver filigree — cross-pollinated with the antics of comic opera” - The New Yorker
“the highlight of the evening” - Irish Examiner on Celine Byrne
“simply electrifying” - GoldenPlec on Paula Murrihy
“an astonishing, mesmerizing performance” - Gramophone magazine on Claudia Boyle

A co-production with Garsington Opera and Santa Fe Opera


Cast and Creative Team


Octavian Paula Murrihy
Marschallin Celine Byrne
Sophie Claudia Boyle
Baron Ochs Andreas Bauer Kanabas
Faninal Samuel Dale Johnson
Marianne Rachel Croash
Valzacchi Peter Van Hulle
Annina Carolyn Holt
Italian Tenor César Cortés
Police Commissar David Howes
Marschallin’s Major Domo Michael Bell
Lackey 1 Richard Shaffrey
Lackey 2 David Mulhall
Lackey 3 Ciarán Crangle
Lackey 4 Lewis Dillon
Noble Orphan 1 Jade Phoenix
Noble Orphan 2 Madeline Judge
Noble Orphan 3 Leanne Fitzgerald
Milliner Niamh St John
Pet Vendor / Lerchenau’s Servant 1 / Waiter 1 Fearghal Curtis
Notary Mark Nathan
Faninal’s Major Domo William Pearson
Lerchenau’s Servant 2 David Scott
Lerchenau’s Servant 3 / Boots Kevin Neville
Landlord Andrew Masterson
Waiter 2 Ben Escorcio
Waiter 3 Rory Dunne
Waiter 4 Matthew Mannion

Creative Team

Conductor Fergus Sheil
Director Bruno Ravella
Set & Costume Designer Gary McCann
Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth
Chorus Director Elaine Kelly
Assistant Directors Chris Kelly, Katie O’Halloran
Répétiteurs Aoife O’Sullivan, Richard McGrath
Language Coach Anna Weiss
Irish National Opera Chorus
Irish National Opera Orchestra