Der Rosenkavalier

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Der Rosenkavalier (The Knight of the Rose) is a comic opera in three acts by Richard Strauss (1864-1949) to an original German libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal.

The original text

Hofmannsthal took several characters and elements of the plot from French composer Claude Terrasse’s operetta L’Ingénu libertin (1907) and French dramatist Molière’s Monsieur de Pourceaugnac (1669).

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1986: Presented by CAPAB Opera (23 August – 1 September), with Nellie du Toit as Marschallin and Sally Presant as Octavian, produced by Murray Dickie, conducted by Karl-Heinz Dold.

1991: Presented by CAPAB Opera (25 March – 8 April)

2010: Presented by Cape Town Opera (29 May – 9 June)


Wayne Muller. 2018. A reception history of opera in Cape Town: Tracing the development of a distinctly South African operatic aesthetic (1985–2015). Unpublished PhD thesis.

Schwarm, Betsy. "Der Rosenkavalier". Encyclopedia Britannica, 12 Apr. 2023,

Alexandra Xenia Sabina Mossolow. 2003. The career of South African soprano Nellie du Toit, born 1929. Unpublished Masters thesis. University of Stellenbosch.

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