Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier - Crespin, Söderström, Rotherberger, Czerwenka, Ferenz; Ludwig. Glyndebourne, 1959
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Glyndebourne seems like the ideal setting for one of Strauss' most intimate operas. During her Act I Monologue after everyone has left her room, the Marschallin, played to great affect by Régine Crespin, genuinely seems as if she is having a conversation with herself. That effect would be impossible in a large house. Elisabeth Söderström shows that Mezzos do not hold the patent on the title role. She would go on to be a wonderful Marschallin. Anneliese Rothenberger is a charming Sophie and floats her lines in the duet beautifully.