Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier
Staatskapelle Dresden/Bernard Haitink
EMI CLASSICS 58618 (1991)
"There are many, many favourites but I find the one that has the most poignancy and that I love the most – not necessarily myself in it, but the opera in general – is Der Rosenkavalier. It is such a “teamwork” opera, and when it works it works magnificently! For this particular recording, we used the same bells as the original production in 1911. Singing the Marschallin is the journey of a lifetime. I think the role and the story can be transposed to your real life – coming from youth and thinking you’re mature but not being mature and then going into a part of your life when you actually achieve maturity. There is a deep sense that the person who wrote this music and words knew how a woman felt. Everything about it is so rewarding."
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