The Cultural Center of the Philippines

The Metropolitan Opera of New York

The Filipinas Opera Society Foundation, Inc. and

Ayala Malls Cinemas 



May 8, 2018

Tuesday at 6:30 PM

Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3

Estimated Running Time: 4 hours 12 minutes



The dream cast of Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elīna Garanča as Octavian star in Strauss’s grandest opera.  In his new production, Robert Carsen, the director behind the Met’s recent Falstaff, places the action at the end of the Habsburg Empire, underscoring the opera’s subtext of class and conflict against a rich backdrop of gilt and red damask, in a staging that also stars Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs.  Sebastian Weigle conducts the sparklingly perfect score.


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Vienna, 1911.  The Marschallin, Princess Marie-Therese von Werdenberg, has spent the night with her young lover, Octavian, Count Rofrano.  As they are sharing breakfast, they hear voices in the anteroom, and Octavian quickly hides. The unexpected visitor turns out not to be Marie-Therese’s husband, the Feldmarschall, but her country cousin, Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau.  After bragging about his latest amorous adventures, Ochs turns to the subject of his upcoming marriage to Sophie, the young daughter of the recently ennobled and extremely wealthy arms dealer, Herr von Faninal. Ochs has come to ask the Marschallin’s advice as to which young aristocrat should be chosen to present his fiancée with the traditional silver engagement rose.  On a playful whim, the Marschallin suggests Octavian, who suddenly emerges from his hiding place disguised as a chambermaid and called “Mariandel.” Ochs instantly starts making advances toward her, but she escapes from him as the room fills with the daily crowd of petitioners for the Marschallin’s morning levée. Among them is a pair of Italian intriguers, Annina and Valzacchi, whom Ochs hires to track down the pretty servant girl.  When the room is cleared, the Marschallin, appalled by the thought of Ochs being married to an innocent young girl, reflects on her own unhappy marriage and former youth. Octavian returns and passionately declares his love, but he is surprised to find Marie-Therese in a distant and melancholic mood. She can only think about the passing of time and tells him that the day will come when he will leave her for a younger woman. Hurt by her words, Octavian rushes off.  The Marschallin summons her page Mohammed and sends him after Octavian with the silver rose.





On the morning of her engagement, Sophie excitedly awaits the arrival of the cavalier of the rose.  Octavian enters and presents her with the silver rose on behalf of the Baron. Sophie accepts, enraptured, and the two young people feel an instant attraction to each other.  When Ochs, whom Sophie has never met, arrives, the girl is shocked by his crude manners. Ochs goes off to discuss the wedding contract with Faninal, and Sophie asks Octavian for help.  They end up embracing and are surprised by Annina and Valzacchi, who summon Ochs. The outraged Octavian grazes the Baron’s arm with his rapier and Ochs melodramatically calls for a doctor.  In the ensuing confusion, Sophie tells her father that she will not marry the Baron, while Octavian enlists Annina and Valzacchi to participate in an intrigue he is hatching. When Ochs is alone, nursing his wound with a glass of wine, Annina, sent by Octavian, appears with a letter from “Mariandel,” asking Ochs to a rendezvous.  Intoxicated with his own charm, the Baron is delighted at the prospect of a tête-à-tête. When he refuses to tip Annina, she determines to get even.





At a house of ill repute, Annina and Valzacchi prepare a private room for the Baron’s rendezvous with Mariandel.  Ochs arrives and begins his seduction of the young girl over a private supper. Mariandel coyly leads him on, when grotesque apparitions suddenly appear from secret panels.  The Baron’s confusion turns to alarm when Annina, disguised as a poverty-stricken mother, appears with a group of children in tow and claims that Ochs is their father. A police commissioner enters and attempts to restore order.  When he interrogates Ochs regarding his intentions with Mariandel, Ochs declares that she is his fiancée. Faninal, summoned anonymously by Octavian, arrives with Sophie, but Ochs pretends not to know either of them. This so upsets Faninal that he takes ill and must be carried off.  At the height of the confusion, the Marschallin appears unexpectedly. Ochs is astonished to discover that Mariandel is in fact Octavian in disguise, but his astonishment turns to thoughts of blackmail when he realizes the true nature of the Marschallin and Octavian’s relationship. The Marschallin, losing all patience, informs her cousin that his marriage plans are finished and that he had better leave.  Ochs finally admits defeat and makes a swift exit, pursued by the innkeeper and numerous other creditors. Octavian, Sophie, and the Marschallin are left alone, each one reflecting on what has brought them to this moment. The Marschallin observes the loss of her lover to the younger woman, as she had predicted, and quietly leaves the room. The young lovers are left alone, wondering whether their future together is merely a dream.



Conductor:  Sebastian Weigle

Marschallin:  Renée Fleming

Octavian:  Elīna Garanča

Sophie:  Erin Morley / Kathleen Kim

A Singer:  Matthew Polenzani

Faninal:  Markus Bruck

Baron Ochs:  Günther Groissböck



Ticket Price: P450

Discount: 20% for Senior Citizens