Joyce DiDonato on the last scene of the Wernicke production of Der Rosenkavalier: Octavian and Sophie lie on the floor holding their silver rose in their hands. »After the final duet, the ›Mohammad‹ takes the silver rose from the two new young lovers and replaces it with a single red rose. It kills me, because the silver rose is beautiful and will last forever, but it’s dead. The red rose, also beautiful, is LIVING, but will not last forever … bittersweet, ja ja …«


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