Opera 100: An opera synopsis in just one hundred words!

Composer: Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Librettist: Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Princess Marie Therese, the Marschallin, is enjoying an extra-marital affair with adolescent Count Octavian. Interrupted by the Marschallin’s impoverished country cousin Baron Ochs, Octavian escapes disguised as her maid, Mariandel. Octavian falls in love with Sophie, daughter of rich merchant Faninal, whilst delivering her a silver rose, an engagement token from Ochs. Appalled by Ochs’s behaviour Octavian wounds him and, disguised as Mariandel, lures him to a disreputable tavern to disgrace him. Octavian’s plan goes awry. The Marschallin arrives. Using her status, she forces Ochs to withdraw to protect her own reputation, wistfully resigning herself to losing Octavian to Sophie.


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